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Pascal Molenberghs

Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Neuroscience in Melbourne, Australia, The University of Melbourne

I obtained my Master of Psychology degree (specialising in social- and neuropsychology) from the University of Leuven (Belgium). During my master thesis, I investigated the influence of status and power on discrimination between groups. I also did a research internship at the University of Birmingham with Prof. Glyn Humphreys, working with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and stroke patients who suffered from spatial neglect.

For my doctoral thesis (completed 2009), I worked with Prof. Rik Vandenberghe at the University of Leuven investigating attentional processes with fMRI and attentional problems with stroke patients.

After my PhD I moved to Australia to work as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Queensland (UQ) with Prof. Jason Mattingley at the Queensland Brain Institute. Here I investigated the neural responses involved in the perception of actions and studied links between the perception and execution of actions using fMRI. In 2011, I received a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship and moved to the School of Psychology at UQ.

From 2015 until the end of 2017, I was a Senior Lecturer at Monash University where I was supported by a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (2015-2019) and Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellowship (2013-2015).

From 2018 to June 2019, I was a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne supported by a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (2015-2019).

Since July 2019, I am an Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Neuroscience in Melbourne.

My lab uses a range of techniques to examine the neural processes underlying social and organisational behaviour. Our current research is focused on three domains: 1. The neuroscience of ingroup bias. 2. Theory of Mind problems in stroke patients. 3. The organisational neuroscience of leadership, stress, and workplace stress management. For more info see: my lab website: or download my CV:


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, The Institute for Social Neuroscience
  • 2018–2019
    Senior research fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2017
    Senior lecturer, Monash University
  • 2008–2014
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Queensland


  • 2009 
    University of Leuven, PhD in Medical Sciences
  • 2003 
    University of Leuven, Master in Psychology