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A subreddit dedicated to the academic field of neuroeconomics: the biological and psychological underpinnings of decision-making.

Neuroeconomics is a nascent field that represents the confluence of economics, psychology and neuroscience.


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''One may wonder whether Adam Smith, were he working today, would not be a neuroeconomist'' - Aldo Rustichini (2005)


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Any good online course for neuroeconomics for beginners like me

I would like to take a degree diploma course online

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I'm attending a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Tania Singer. Please let me know if you have any NEUROECONOMICS questions


Website: taniasinger.de

#From Inner Change Towards a More Caring Economy: The Neuroscience of Motivation, Care and Compassion.


In the last decades our society has faced many global and economic problems that call for new solutions and change. Emerging fields such as affective-social and contemplative neurosciences as well as neuro-economics have produced promising findings that can help inform such necessary changes as well as inform new economic models which integrate psychological and biological knowledge about human motivation and decision making. For example, plasticity research has suggested that training of mental capacities such as compassion and care is indeed effective and leads to changes in brain functions associated with increases in mental health, well-being and pro-social behaviors and cooperation. Evidence for the trainability and alterability of what economists have postulated being fixed and context-insensitive preferences questions classic views of homo economicus and call for the development of new decision-making models based on care and affiliation and not only on consumption motivation. In this talk, she will introduce the idea of caring economics and review findings from two mental training studies: the Resource Project, a large-scale multi-methodological one-year secular mental training program that aims at the cultivation of attention and social skills such as empathy, compassion and perspective taking, and the CovSocial Project, focusing on assessing changes in mental health, social cohesion and resilience throughout the Covid19 pandemic in 2020/21/22. She will show how such mental trainings can indeed foster resilience and social skills as well as cooperation and human prosociality. Further she will show how 10-weeks mental online training including 12-minutes daily partner-based practices, so called Contemplative Dyads, can actually reduce increasing levels of loneliness and stress elicited by multiple consecutive lock-downs during the Covid19 pandemic and increase social connectedness and resilience. She will discuss these findings in light of their relevance for caring economics models aiming at reintroducing secular ethics and care in society emphasizing the need to step into a global responsibility through personal change.

About Prof. Dr. Tania Singer

Tania Singer is the scientific head of the Social Neuroscience Lab of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany. After doing her PhD in Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, she became a Post-doctoral Fellow at the same institution, at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, and at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London. In 2006, she first became Assistant Professor and later Inaugural Chair of Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics as well as Co-Director of the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research at the University of Zurich. Between 2010 and 2018 Tania Singer was the director of the department of Social Neurosciences at the Max Planck Institute of Cognitive and Human Development in Leipzig. Tania Singer is author of more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters and edited together with Mathieu Ricard the two books Caring Economics (2015) and Power and Care (2019).

Her research focus is on the hormonal, neuronal, and developmental basis of human sociality, empathy and compassion, and their malleability through mental training. Learning from contemplative traditions from the East, she has initiated and headed one of the largest meditation-based secular mental training studies on compassion, the ReSource project. Linking such findings to the field of (neuro)economics, she developed a Caring Economics approach, developing new models of economy based on care and social cohesion. She is also heading the CovSocial project, a large-scale study on stress, resilience and social cohesion in Berliners during the corona crisis. Throughout her life she has explored how inner change can bring about societal change putting science in the service of societal transformation.

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I think this may be the same lecture but in German:


I will update this post with the final lecture after video editing is done. No livestream today

01:34 UTC


Looking for participants in my experiment!

Hi guys!

I am not sure if it is allowed here, but I am currently collecting data for my master thesis on decision-making (that's all I can say) and I need some help! I am looking for people who want to participate in a little online experiment. It will take about 30 minutes and needs to be done on a laptop. Next to eternal gratitude there is also an opportunity to win money after finishing the survey.


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Any book recommendations for neuro-economics?

I'd like to learn more about it I've heard Your money and your brain is a good book but I can't get it in my area.

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I'm shifting from behavioral physiology to cognitive neuroscience. Is it possible to do neuroeconomics during my PhD?

And will that create added value for my chance to be employed as a consultant in private companies?

07:52 UTC


Collecting data for Scientific Article

I would like to ask you to participate in a questionnaire the results of which will be used in an article on decision-making in presence of uncertainty. This test is part of a scientific investigation we are carrying out, with the aim of understanding more of the nature and structure of human decisions and behavior. The questionnaire should approximately take 15 minutes, or less, to complete, and is not difficult. Just fill out your answers to the questions that are asked by choosing among the possible alternatives in the tables in this attached file. Please, consider that there is no correct or wrong answer, so just choose the alternative you prefer. Thank you for your contribution!


00:16 UTC


Hi all; mods of /r/economics gave me the permission to post papers in /r/economics on the recent field of neuroeconomics.

TL;DR I will be posting neuroeconomics papers. 1. How often should I post them? 2. Should I post them in /r/economics and/or take over /r/neuroeconomics and post there?

I was just wondering whether if there is any demand for it. It seemed like /r/neuroeconomics is dead and it is understandable.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with neuroeconomics, crudely speaking, it's basically neuroscience mixed with economics. It is a very recent field of study therefore also under scrutiny by some.

Generally (but not always), neuroeconomics looks at which part of the brain is affected as a response to an action control with several variables. I would personally say that it is more neuroscience-oriented, therefore psychology-friendly, but economists definitely contribute (usually broad) ideas.

The field of neuroeconomics is under a bit of heat; the word "neuroeconomics" only has the word "economics" in it, but not all agree that it's economics. Perhaps it could be quasi-economics mixed with neuroscience, but there are some US-politics level of criticisms and praise for everything about it.

Papers that are pro/anti-neuroeconomics will also be posted, so we can play thumbs then.

Typically, fMRI or EEG systems are used. fMRI looks at blood flow around your brain whereas EEG looks at positives and negatives around your brain. Both systems have their own pros and cons; I'm more familiar with the EEG system.

I was wondering whether I should post these (11) papers (bi-/tri-)weekly and have discussions about them. First one will be the shortest of three pages (more like one page of words), then it will get longer and longer usually going over 40. We all have busy lives and take some time to read them, so I was wondering how it ought to be. Keeping track of my posts is also somewhat of a hassle, so I was thinking of taking over neuroeconomics since it's a dead subreddit, to make following easier. However, I want to reach all potential interested parties, therefore also on the dilemma of posting on /r/economics.

Thanks for tuning in.

Sorry, I didn't know I couldn't make self-posts on /r/economics, so sorry about this redirection.

01:49 UTC


The Pain Of Paying - David Ariely

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