Neuroeconomics and Decision Neuroscience Group

The ease and speed with which we make a choice belies the complexity of the processes that underlie this ability. Each of our decisions integrates very diverse types of information: our current needs, perceptions, memories, social environment, and predictions about the future. How we process these distinct types of information may thus strongly influence our individual style and ability to make choices. In my research group, we study the neural mechanisms that determine this ability. We draw on choice theories from economics and mathematical psychology and employ a multimethod approach comprising behavioral experiments, computational modelling, neuroimaging, and brain stimulation methods. Our aim is to develop neurocomputational models of the brain processes that causally control our decisions. We hope that these models will contribute to a truly mechanistic understanding of human decision making, with far-reaching implications for economics (choice theory, mechanism design, policy making), the behavioral sciences in general, and medicine (behavioral symptoms of neurological and psychiatric diseases).

Group Members

Christian Ruff Group Leader
Gökhan Aydogan Postdoctoral Fellow
Gilles de Hollander Senior Research Associate
Marcus Grüschow Postdoctoral Fellow
Jie Hu Postdoctoral Fellow
Arkady Konovalov Postdoctoral Fellow
Irma Kurniawan Postdoctoral Fellow (Guest)
Raphaël Le Bouc Postdoctoral Fellow
Marius Moisa Postdoctoral Fellow
Saurabh Bedi Doctoral Student
Niklas Bürgi Doctoral Student
Miguel Garcia Doctoral Student
Claire Lugrin Doctoral Student
Gustavo Saposnik Doctoral Student