The ZNE is home to the Marlene Porsche Graduate School of Neuroeconomics, launched in 2017. Thanks to a generous donation by the Marlene Porsche Foundation, this interdisciplinary program offers young scientists the possibility to achieve a doctoral degree in this innovative area of research.
The Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems research (SNS Lab) is the heart of the ZNE. In this interdisciplinary laboratory researchers explore the biological mechanisms that underlie decision making. They combine cutting-edge brain imaging technologies with non-invasive brain stimulation, neuropharmacology, and computational modeling. The laboratory is located in a custom-built section of the MR Centre at the University Hospital Zurich and is equipped with research-dedicated facilities for fMRI, brain stimulation, behavioral measurements, EEG, and pharmacological manipulations.
Reflecting its interdisciplinarity, the laboratory is part of the University Research Priority Program on the Foundations of Human Social Behavior and the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. It also maintains strong collaborative links with the Translational Neuromodeling Unit as well as the Divisions of Bioimaging and MRI Technology at the ETH-UZH Institute for Biomedical Engineering.