I am predominantly interested in understanding the neural and psychological mechanisms of motivation and emotion within a social context. In particular, I am fascinated by the quesion how social psychological, somatic and neural processes contribute to the development of compulsive behaviours, addictions and eating disorders. I am further intrigued by topics connected to affective processing, meta-cognition and decision making from a developmental and evolutionary perspective. Understanding these processes can help us to point out possibilities for treatment development. In my internship project entitled “The role of Pupil Synchronization in Trust-an fMRI study’’, we investigate the physiological and neural mechanisms underlying pupil behaviour and mimicry and its effect on trust. Here we propose that the perception of a partner’s pupil-size and pupil mimicry are a potential mechanism that contributes to the establishment of trust, via the recruitment of brain areas known for their role in social cognition and theory of mind.