PhD Studentship in Neuroscience of Social Decision-making at Radboud University, Netherlands

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This project will employ the Decision Neuroscience approach to explore decision-making related to the social processes of trust, reciprocity, and equality. These processes are vital for the successful functioning of society, but there have been few in-depth studies on how they operate. In this project, we will examine in detail the psychological factors behind these processes, and also explore the brain mechanisms involved. In addition, we will use formal economic methods to create computational models of this behaviour. An example of the type of study we will use is the detailed investigation of how trust is bestowed, exploring the influence of automatically processed cues, such as facial appearance, and how people learn to trust from experience.

You have a relevant Master’s degree, preferably with a background in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, social psychology, or biological psychology. The ideal candidate for this position combines skills in functional neuroimaging, and cognitive neuroscience more broadly, with a background in the study of behavioral decision-making. However, candidates with qualifications in relevant disciplines and enthusiasm for broadening their existing scientific portfolio will also be considered. Expertise in experimental design, computational modeling and/or econometrics is considered an advantage.

Deadline: 31 March 2012

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