Associate Professor
Psychological Science
Marcus White Hall

My research passion focuses on studying the processing of social cognitive and affective information. I am particularly interested in the study of the behavioral and brain responses when individuals process emotionally and socially loaded stimuli. I study social cognitive constructs such as empathy, vicarious ostracism, prosocial behavior, theory of mind and facial affect recognition using clinical, experimental and neuroscience techniques. I am interested in examining these processes in healthy individuals and also in clinical populations that have deficits in those areas (e.g., schizophrenia; autism spectrum disorder). By studying how healthy individuals process social affective information, we are then able to better understand disorders with deficits processing social and affective information such as in individuals with Schizophrenia and Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, I am interested in examining how these social and affective processes change and develop over the lifespan. I think it is important to understand the developmental changes in the processing of this type of information and to develop methods that can assist us to identify any deficits during the lifespan.

Director of the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab (SCAN-LAB)

        Marcus White #1134

         Department of Psychological Science, CCSU



Universitat de Barcelona
Publications, Research & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications


Uscătescu, L.C., Kronbichler., Said-Yürekli, S., Kronbichler, L., Calhoun, V., Corbera, S., Bell., M., Pelphrey, K., Pearlson, G., & Assaf (2023). Intrinsic neural timescales in autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. A replication and direct comparison study. Schizophrenia, 9:18


Corbera, S., Ikezawa, S., & Choi, K-H. (2022). Editorial: Investigating social cognition and its contributions to promote bio-psycho-social function. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 1064020

Grella, N. O., Dunlap, A., Nicholson, A.M., Stevens, J., Pittman, B., Corbera, S., Diefenbach, G.,  Pearlson, G., Assaf. M. (2022). Personality as a Mediator of Autistic Traits and Internalizing Symptoms. BMC Psychology, 10,81

Farina, E.A., Assaf, M., Corbera, S., & Chen C-M. (2022). Factors Related to Passive Social Withdrawal and Active Social Avoidance in Schizophrenia. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 210(7), 490-496


Hyatt, C.J., Wexler, B.E., Pittman, B., Nicholson, A., Pearlson, G.D., Corbera, S., Bell, M.D., Pelphrey, K., Calhoun, V.D., & Assaf (2021).  Atypical dynamic functional network connectivity state engagement during social-emotional processing in schizophrenia and autism. Cerebral Cortex, 1-17

Corbera, S., Wexler, B.E., Bell, M.D., Pearlson, G., Mayer, S., Pittman, B., Belamkar, V., Assaf, M. (2021). Predictors of Social Functioning and Quality of Life in Schizophrenia and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Psychiatry Research, 303, 114087.


Hyatt, C.J., Calhoun, V., Pittman, B., Corbera, S., Bell, M.D., Rabany, L., Pelphrey, K., Pearlson, G., Assaf, M. (2020). Default mode network modulation by mentalizing in young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Schizophrenia. Neuroimage: Clinical, 27, 102343


Rabany, L., Brocke, S. Calhoun, V.D., Pittman, B., Corbera, S., Wexler, B., Bell, M.D., Pelphrey, K., Pearlson, G.D., & Assaf, M. (2019). Dynamic functional connectivity in schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder:  Convergence, divergence and classification. Neuroimage Clinical, 24, 101966.


Lee, H-S., Corbera, S., Poltorak, A., Park, K-H., Assaf, M., Bell, M., Wexler, B., Cho, Y-I., Jung, S-H., Brocke, S., & Choi, K-H. (2018). Measuring Theory of Mind in schizophrenia research: Cross-cultural validation”. Schizophrenia Research, 201, 187-195.


Corbera, S., Wexler, B.R., Poltorak, A., Thime, W., & Kurtz, M.M. (2017). Cognitive remediation for schizophrenia: Do age and chronicity matter? Psychiatry Research, 247,21-27


Farreny, A., Aguado, J., Corbera, S., Ochoa, S., Huerta-Ramos, E., & Usall, J. (2016). Baseline Predictors for Success Following Strategy-Based Cognitive Remediation Group Training in Schizophrenia. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(8), 585–589.


Kurtz, M.M., Mueser, K.T., Thime, W.R., Corbera, S., & Wexler, B.E. (2015). Social skills training and computer-assisted cognitive remediation in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 162(1-3), 35-41.


Wexler, B.E., Ikezawa, S., & Corbera, S (2014). Increasing stimulus duration can normalize late-positive event related potentials in people with schizophrenia: Possible implications for understanding cognitive deficits. Schizophrenia Research, 158(1-3), 165-169. PMID: 25096541.

Liu, J., Corbera, S., & Wexler, B.W. (2014). Neural activation abnormalities during self-referential processing in schizophrenia: an fMRI study. Psychiatry Research, 222(20), 165-171. PMID: 24795158.

Corbera, S., Ikezawa, S., Bell, M.D., & Wexler, B.E. (2014). Physiological evidence of a deficit to enhance the empathic response in schizophrenia.  European Psychiatry, 158(1-3), 163-169. PMID: 24630376.

Ikezawa, S., Corbera, S., & Wexler, B.E. (2014). Emotion self-regulation and empathy depend upon longer stimulus exposure. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1561-156. doi:10.1093/scan/nst148 PMID: 24064924.


Corbera, S., Wexler, B.E., Ikezawa, S., &. Bell, M.D. (2013). Factor structure of social cognition in schizophrenia: Is empathy preserved? Schizophrenia Research and Treatment, vol. 2013, Article ID 409205, 13 pages. PMID: 24455254.


Ikezawa, S., Corbera, S., Liu, J., & Wexler, B.E. (2012). Empathy in electrodermal responsive and nonresponsive patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 142(1-3),71-76. PMID: 23058162.


Bell, M.D., Corbera, S., Johannesen, J., Fiszdon, J., & Wexler, B.E. (2011). Social cognitive impairments and negative symptoms in schizophrenia: Are there subtypes with distinct functional correlates? Schizophrenia Bulletin, 39(1), 186-96. PMID: 21976710.

Surti, T.S., Corbera, S., Bell, M.D., & Wexler, B.E. (2011). Successful computer-based visual training specifically predicts visual memory enhancement over verbal memory improvement in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 132(2-3), 131-134. PMID:21795025

2006 and prior

Corbera, S., Escera, C., & Artigas, J. (2006). Impaired duration mismatch negativity in developmental dyslexia. Neuroreport, 17(10), 1051-1055. PMID: 16791102

Corbera, S., Corral, M.J., Escera, C., & Idiazabal, M.A. (2005). Abnormal speech sound representation in persistent developmental stuttering. Neurology, 65(8), 1246-52. PMID: 16247052

Escera, C., Yago, E., Corral, M.J., Corbera, S., & Nunez, M.I. (2003). Attention capture by auditory significant stimuli: semantic analysis follows attention switching. European Journal of Neuroscience, 18(8), 2408-12. PMID:14622204


Courses Taught

Lifespan Development (PSY 136)

Sensation and Perception (PSY 441)

Biopsychology (PSY 450)

Research Methods in Psychology I (PSY 301)

Research Methods in Psychology II (PSY 302)

Learning and Memory (PSY 200)