Skip to main content
Skip to main menu Skip to spotlight region Skip to secondary region Skip to UGA region Skip to Tertiary region Skip to Quaternary region Skip to unit footer


Dean Sabatinelli

Blurred image of the arch used as background for stylistic purposes.
Associate Professor
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program
Neuroscience Program
BBS Program Chair


Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville

Research Interests

Using naturalistic perception as a model, we are interested in defining the brain mechanisms involved in the discrimination of emotional stimuli, and specifically how the recruited cortical and subcortical structures are orchestrated in real time. In addition to basic science, a secondary goal of the lab is to understand how these dynamic mechanisms contribute to disorders of emotion through collaboration with other labs.

Recent Publications

For a full list, Google Scholar Profile

Sabatinelli, D., +Farkas, A. H., & +Gehr, M. C. (2024). Moving toward reality: Electrocortical reactivity to naturalistic multimodal emotional videos. Psychophysiology,

Trotti, R.L., Parker, D.A., Sabatinelli, D., Keshavan, M.S., Keedy, S.K., Gershon, E.S., Pearlson., G.D., Hill, S.K., Tamminga, C.A., McDowell, J.E., & Clementz, B.A. (2023). Emotional Scene Processing in Biotypes of Psychosis: An ERP Study. Psychiatry Research,

+Farkas, A.H., & Sabatinelli, D. (2023). Emotional perception: Divergence of early and late ERP modulation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience,

Sabatinelli, D., Winker, C., +Farkas, A. H., Rehbein, M.A., & Junghöfer, M.J. (2023). A 5-minute paradigm to evoke robust emotional reactivity in neuroimaging studies. Frontiers in Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2023.1102213. 

+Farkas, A.H., +Wanger, T.J., & Sabatinelli, D. (2021). Do rare emotional scenes enhance LPP modulation? Biological Psychology, doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2021.108204. 

+Farkas, A.H., Trotti, R.L., Edge, E.A., Huang, L.Y., Kasowski, A., Thomas, O.F., Chlan, E., Granros, M.P., Patel, K.K., & Sabatinelli, D. (2021) Humor and emotion: Quantitative meta analyses of functional neuroimaging studies. Cortex,

Trotti, R.L., Abdelmageed, S., Parker, D.A., Sabatinelli, D., Tamminga, C.A., Gershon, E.S., Keedy, S.K., Keshavan, M.S., Pearlson, G.D., Sweeney, J.A., McDowell, J.E., & Clementz, B.A (2021). Neural processing of repeated emotional scenes in schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia Bulletin, doi:10.1093/schbul/sbab018.

Winker, C., Rehbein, M.A., Sabatinelli, D., & Junghöfer, M. (2020). Repeated noninvasive stimulation of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex reveals cumulative amplification of pleasant compared to unpleasant scene processing: a single subject pilot study. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0222057.

Trotti, R.L., Parker, D.A., Sabatinelli, D., Tamminga, C.A., Gershon, E.S., Keedy, S.K., Keshavan, M.S., Pearlson, G.D., Sweeney, J.A., McDowell, J.E., Clementz, B.A. (2020). Electrophysiological correlates of emotional scene processing in bipolar disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.10.005

+Farkas, A.H., Oliver, K.I., & Sabatinelli, D. (2020). Emotional and feature-based modulation of the early posterior negativity. Psychophysiology. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13484

+Frank. D.W., Costa, V. D., Averbeck, B.B., & Sabatinelli, D. (2019). Directional interconnectivity of the human amygdala, fusiform gyrus, and orbitofrontal cortex in emotional scene perception. Journal of Neurophysiology.  doi: 10.1152/jn.00780.2018

Winker, C., Rehbein, M.A., Sabatinelli, D., Dohn, M., Maitzen, J., Roesmann, Wolters, C.H.,  Arolt, V., & Junghöfer, M. (2019). Noninvasive stimulation of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex indicates valence ambiguity in sad compared to happy and fearful face processing. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00083. 

Sabatinelli, D. & +Frank, D.W. (2019). Assessing the primacy of human amygdala-inferotemporal emotional scene discrimination with rapid whole-brain fMRI. Neuroscience. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2019.03.001.

+Frank, D.W. & Sabatinelli, D. (2019). Hemodynamic and electrocortical reactivity to specific scene contents in emotional perception. Psychophysiology. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13340


+ Graduate students under Dr. Sabatinelli's direct supervision. 

Graduate Students in My Lab

Support us

We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click here to learn more about giving.

Every dollar given has a direct impact upon our students and faculty.