The Center was created in 2005 at the University of Geneva to host the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Affective Science*s funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)**.
The Center comprises research groups at the University of Geneva and also associate members from other Universities. They come from a wide range of disciplines, enabling a unique multidisciplinary approach to the study of emotions. Neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists, economists, and scholars from literature, the arts, and humanities work together with the common objective of understanding emotions and their roles in cognition and behavior.
The Center also develop methodologies and tools to study the neural, psychological, bodily and social underpinnings of emotion. Likewise, it carries out applied research in collaboration with public and private partners.
The Center is also a leading institution for doctoral and postdoctoral training. In addition, thanks to outreach activities such as festivals and museum exhibits, we cooperate with Swiss and international cultural institutions to better communicate to society at large our current knowledge about the most fascinating aspects of emotion.