Recent Media Coverage

SRF Einstein visits the SNS-Lab

2018-04-06: "Einstein", the science program on Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), examines various possibilities of brain doping. For this they also visit the SNS-Lab and observe how transcranial brain stimulation, i.e. the stimulation of brain regions with current, influences the ability to solve mathematical tasks. Brain stimulation of all kinds is predicted to have great potential. Christian Ruff explains the possibilities of improving brain performance (neuroenhancement) and puts forward the questions that still need to be answered.


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Der Homo oeconomicus in der Röhre

NZZ - October 18, 2017

Why neuroeconomics? The Neue Zürcher Zeitung visits the SNS-Lab of the Department of Economics and interviews Prof. Christian Ruff about the opportunities offered by – as well as concerns about – neuroeconomics experiments.

Article (PDF, 142 KB) (in German)


The Female Brain Reacts More Strongly to Prosocial Behavior

October 9, 2017

Alexander Soutschek and Philippe Tobler show that women are more generous than men. For women, prosocial behavior triggers a stronger reward signal, while male reward systems respond more strongly to selfish behavior.

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The Guardian  

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Spektrum der Wissenschaft

Der Spiegel


Economists don’t need to be popular

NZZ - September 8, 2017

Interview with Ernst Fehr in the NZZ on the choice an economist faces between spending his time on research, teaching, contributing to the public or engaging with politicians and the private sector.

Article (in German)

Zapping 'Honesty Muscle' Makes Humans Tell the Truth

The Times - April 11, 2017

The Times reports on Christian Ruff's study examining a region of the brain that, when stimulated, seems to increase honesty in test participants.

Article (PDF, 430 KB)


A Flexible Heart Rate Indicates Good Self-Control

(Ein flexibler Herzrhythmus zeigt gute Selbstkontrolle) - January 12, 2017

Silvia Maier and Todd Hare's research has revealed that the heart rate can serve as a biomarker for an individual's measure of self-control, as this Swiss news outlet reports.