Clara Pretus, PhD

Social neuroscience research

Clara Pretus

Clara Pretus

Postdoctoral Researcher

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

I am a research fellow at ARTIS International and a postdoctoral researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. My research focuses on intergroup relations from a social neuroscience perspective. I use neuroimaging and social psychology approaches to conduct studies on parochial altruism and intergroup conflict.

I am currently also the scientific coordinator of the ERC project BeMother, which investigates the structural brain changes that take place during pregnancy to adaptively support the mother-to-infant bond.

I obtained my PhD in Psychiatry at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2016) and my MSc in Neuroscience at King’s College London (2011). As a researcher, I have visited the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin (2016), the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (2017) and the Social Identity and Morality Lab at New York Univeristy (2020 - 2021).

Ongoing projects


An integrative model of the adaptations for motherhood during pregnancy and the postpartum period.


How does social exclusion influence prosocial behavior towards disadvantaged groups?