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Alan Sanfey @ Online Hot Politics Lab

October 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

In this session of the Online Hot Politics Lab, Alan Sanfey (Radboud University) will give a talk titled “Social motivations in choice: insights from decision neuroscience”.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A, and everbody is welcome to join via Zoom: https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/96492065253  at 3pm (CET).

Abstract: Our lives consist of a constant stream of decisions and choices, from the mundane to the highly consequential. The standard approach to experimentally examining decision-making has been to examine fixed choices with clearly defined probabilities and outcomes, however it is an open question as to whether decision models describing these situations can be extended to choices that are made in more complex, social, contexts. This class of social decision-making offers a useful approach to examine other types of decisions, which may in fact better approximate many of our real-life choices. Here, we focus on several experiments where we use novel variants of decision tasks in conjunction with functional neuroimaging and computational modelling to observe how players decide in real, complex, contexts. In particular, these scenarios reveal motivations other than economic gain that appear to guide our decisions in a systematic fashion. I will also discuss how we can use these brain insights to build better models of human social norms, incorporating both psychological and neurobiological constructs.