Khatereh Borhani

Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience
Social and cognitive neuroscience group leader
Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Shahid Beheshti University
Velenjak, Tehran, Iran


PhD. University of Bologna/ University College London, 2016
MSc. Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 2011
BSc. Iran university of Medical Sciences, 2007

Current Research and Interests

Investigating the processing and development of social emotions (empathy, exclusion, shame, guilt, etc.) in human brain. I am particularly interested in understanding how social exclusion in human interactions, which is named as the social pain, alters people’s perception and upcoming behaviors and how empathy modulates the extent to which one might suffer from being socially excluded.
I also study how human sense of agency is modulated in socially unfavorable situations for intentional and unintentional actions.


Cognitive psychology

Doctoral Degree

The course is a basic course in cognitive psychology (theory and method). Cognitive Psychology is used throughout the entire range of human knowledge, perception, problem solving, creativity, learning and memory. The course will give students knowledge regarding the cutting-edge concepts, themes, problems and empirical research in modern cognitive theory as it concerns how we perceive, interpret, edit, use and store information. The course will deal with the study of both general traits and individual differences.

Cognitive assessments: psychophysics methods and neuropsychological assessments

Doctoral Degree

Introduces students to important aspects of clinical neuropsychology including the assessment of neuropsychological disorders in child, adult and geriatric populations. Neuropsychological assessment covers many areas of expertise and skill including understanding referral questions and neuropsychological disorders, acquiring relevant information about the client's history, choosing appropriate psychological tests, administering tests in the clinical setting, interpreting test results and writing a report. As part of this course students will be required to demonstrate administration and scoring of different neuropsychological/cognitive tests like Temporal and Spatial Awareness, CANTAB, IVA2, etc.

Cognitive neuroscience

Masters Degree

This course explores the cognitive functions and neural processes that support vision, audition, language, decision making, emotion and memory. It introduces basic neuroanatomy, electrophysiological techniques, and behavioral measures of cognition, and discusses methods by which inferences about the brain bases of cognition are made. We consider evidence from patients with neurological diseases and from normal human participants.

Cognitive rehabilitation

Masters Degree

This course contains a brief overview of clinical theories regarding cognitive functions (e.g. Attention, awareness, memory, executive functions) and then provides evidence-based practical guides and interventions for facilitating and improving these functions in people with neurological disorders like Traumatic Brain Injuries, Alzheimer disease and Dementia, etc. Moreover, the latest methods in rehabilitation of psychiatric disorders like Mood and Anxiety disorders as well as developmental disorders (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities) and the usage of assistive technologies in rehabilitation are covered and introduced to students in this course.


Dr. Borhani was the head of Cognitive Rehabilitation clinic from 2017 – 2019

Reviewer of Frintiers in Psychology

Reviewer of Neuroscience Bulletin


Journal Papers

  • Starita, F. Borhani, K. Bertini, C. Scarpazza, C. (2018). Emotional morphed face processing in Alexithymia. Frontiers in psychology
  • Borhani, K. Nejati, V. (2018). Emotional Face Recognition in Individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Review Article. Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Borhani, K. Haggard, P. (2017). “Lacking warmth”: the relation between alexithymia and somatosensory signals. Biological Psychology
  • Borhani, K. Beck, B. Haggard, P. (2017). Choosing, doing, and controlling: implicit sense of agency over somatosensory events. Psychological Science
  • Borhani, K. Borgomaneri, S. Ladavas, E. Bertini, C. (2016) .The effect of Alexithymia on early stage of visual processing of emotional body postures. Biological Psychology. 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.12.010
  • Borhani, K. Ladavas, E. Maier, M. Avenanti, A. Bertini, C. (2015). Emotional and movement-related body postures modulate visual processing. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, nsu167. 10(8), 1092-1101.
  • Aliabadi, F. Borhani, K. Alizadeh, M. Amiri, N. (2011).Visuo-spatial Attention in ADHD Children: Investigating the Asymmetry. IRJ.2011;9(13): 19-21
  • Borhani K, Aliabadi F, Alizadeh M, Amiri N, Mahmoudi J.The performance of children with attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder in a visual attention test. RJMS. 2012;19(99):12-17.
  • Borhani K, Aliabadi F, Alizadeh M, Amiri N. Unilateral Neglect in children with Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder. Modern Rehabilitation. 2011; 5(1).
  • Borhani K. Hasani, F. Using Motor Imagery in rehabilitation of Hemiparesis. Noandishe sabz.2007; 2(1):15-17.

Conference Presentations

  • Borhani K, Noorzadeh S, Nejati V. early visual processing of emotional faceial expressions in ADHD. Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Conference. Oct 2018
  • Javaheripoor N, Borhani K, Eickhoff S, Zarei M, Tahmasian M. Neural undepinnings of alexithymia: an ALE meta-analysis. Organization for Human Brain Mapping(OHBM). 18June 2018
  • Borhani K, Beck B, Khalighinejad N, Haggard P. Taking control on pain: the importance of selection agency. International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) summer school. 4th-8th July 2015, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Borhani K, Beck B, Khalighinejad N, Haggard P. Taking control on pain:the importance of selection agency. UCL neuroscience symposioum. 17th June 2015, London, UK.
  • Borhani K, Bertini C, Maier M, Ladavas E. modulation of visual processing by human body postures showing emotion and movement-related information. 8th-11st May 2014 , Rovereto, Italy.
  • Borhani K, Bertini C, Maier M, Ladavas E. Emotional and movement-related body postures modulate the body specific N190 ERP component. European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, 26th -31st January 2014, Bressanone, Italy.
  • Borhani K, Bertini C, Maier M, Ladavas E. Lateralized emotional and movement-related body postures modulate the body specific N190 ERP component: different patterns in different hemispheres. 53rd Annual Meeting-Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2-6 October 2013, Florence, Italy.
  • Borhani K, Biglarbeigi N, Lajevardi L. Hand dexterity in pianists. The 12th conference of Physical therapy2010, Tehran,Iran.


PhD. Students

  • Soroosh Golbabaei*, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: How Affective empathy modulates Cognitive Empathy?
  • Yasaman Hashemi*, Psychology Faculty, Shahid Beheshti University, Thesis Title: investigating the predictive role of object relations and social cognition in online social networking addiction: An Integrative and Multimethod Approach.
  • Gheysar Maleki*, Psychology Faculty, Shahid Beheshti University, Neural and Behavioral undelyings of Attachment Styles: an ERP Study.

Masters Students


  • Neshat Ahmadi, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: The Influence of Emotional Knowledge Educational Program on Emotion Recognition and Emotion Regulation Skills in 3-6 year Old Preschoolers.
  • Elahe Najafali Ghandehari *, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: How Positive Mood Induction Affects Mental Flexibility and Creativity in Children.
  • Elahe Asadpoor, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: The effect of Sensitivity to Socail Rejection and Inhibitory Control on Risky Decision Making in Adolescents.
  • Nastaran Farahani *, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: The Effect of Attentional Bias Modification on Test Anxiety in Schoolers.


  • Mina Barati, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: A Comparison of Perspective Taking Ability and Empathy in Children and Adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • Nasim Ghazazani*, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: Investigating the Effect of Alexithymia on Prosocial Behaviors in Adolescents and Assessing its Physiological Basis.
  • Arezoo Ghandchi, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: The Impact of Social Exclusion on Recignition of Ambigious Emotional Facial Expressions.
  • Radmehr Bahrami, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: The effect of Social Exclusion on Delay Discounting.
  • Zahra Zarei*, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title:The Relation Between Attentional Bias Towards Pain and Coping Style Strategies in Adloescents with Migrain.
  • Nastaran Kazemian*, Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Thesis title: Spatial Navigation in Socially excluded Children.
  • Ali Ghadimi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences, Thesis Tilte: Investigating the interaction of Internal and External Factors in Human Sense of Agency.
  • Ahmad Lotfi*, Psychology Faculty, Tehran University, Thesis Title: Sense of Agency in Different Types of Voluntary Actions.