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02: The biological foundations of trust and social decision-making

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This seminar reviews the contributions of the biological, neural and behavioural sciences to understanding social decision-making in general and trust in particular. The following topics will be covered: the neural and biological bases of trust: how we understand the emotions and intentions of others; biological and psychological factors affecting decisions made under risk and uncertainty; egoism vs. altruism – self-control and how decisions are driven by self-interest vs. prosocial motivations; implicit vs. explicit information processing, “rational” vs. “emotional” decisions – the role of conscious and unconscious processes in interpersonal trust and social evaluations. In discussing these topics, we use an inherently multi-disciplinary and multi-method approach which integrates evidence from fields such as social and decision neuroscience, psychoneuroendocrinology, behavioural economics and (experimental) social psychology. The research we present aims to improve our understanding of the principles and mechanisms driving human decisions – an endeavour which will result in a better understanding of social interactions and ultimately aims to inform public policy making.

Speakers

Postdoctoral Researcher, Chair for Microeconomics and Experimental Economic Research, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich Chair
Leiter, Forschungsgruppe Soziale, Kognitive und Affektive Neurowissenschaften, Fakultät für Psychologie, Universität Wien Chair

Mag. Dr. Christoph EISENEGGER

Postdoctoral Researcher, Chair for Microeconomics and Experimental Economic Research, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich

 M.Sc., Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institue of Technology (ETH), Zurich
 Academic positions at:
 The University of Zurich, Department of Economics & Department of Neuropsychology
 The University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Biology
 The University of Zurich,Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research

Mag. Dr. Claus LAMM

Leiter, Forschungsgruppe Soziale, Kognitive und Affektive Neurowissenschaften, Fakultät für Psychologie, Universität Wien

2008-2010 Assistant Professor, Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2006-2008 Research Associate, Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, IL, USA
2004-2005 Post Doctoral Researcher, Unit 280  Mental Processes and Brain Activation, INSERM  French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, Bron, France
1997-2002 University Lecturer, Brain Research Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Vienna

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