Psychology meets Neuroscience meets Economics
Full course description
During this course, the students from different backgrounds will receive an introduction into the main topics of Psychology, Neuroscience and Economics. They will receive an overview about where those fields come together and why there is a need for the new research direction of Neuroeconomics. The students will gain insight into the anatomy and functioning of the brain and will receive an introduction into cognitive and social neuroscience. The focus will be on using neuroscience methodology to empirically address relevant research questions in psychology and decision-making science. Specifically, the following topics will be addressed: economic models of human decision-making, including predictions based on game theory as well as other models used in behavioural economics, using functional brain imaging and brain interference techniques to study the neurobiology underlying human cognition and decision making, as well as examples from applied social neuroscience research. Lecturers representing these topics will be recruited from the School of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. The course will thus aim at providing a bridge between classical research themes in cognitive neuroscience, behavioural economics and neuroeconomics.
Students are able to understand:
- selected neuroscientific research tools including functional brain imaging and functional brain interference;
- structural and functional architecture of the brain, applications of neuroscience methodology in cognitive and social psychology, as well as (neuro)economics.