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  • More Positions for Doctoral Students in Neuroeconomics

    The ‘Marlene Porsche Foundation’ enables 14 students to obtain a PhD in the field of Neuroeconomics at the University of Zurich over the next decade.

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  • Ernst Fehr receives Oskar Morgenstern Medal

    The University of Vienna awarded the Oskar Morgenstern Medal to Ernst Fehr.

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  • Ernst Fehr Becomes Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association

    Prof. Dr. Ernst Fehr has become the first researcher from a Swiss university to have been chosen as a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association...

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  • Neuroeconomics Seminar's Fall Speakers for Fall 2017

    The list of speakers for next fall's Neuroeconomics Seminar is now complete and can be viewed...

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  • Ernst Fehr Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Antwerp

    Prof. Dr. Ernst Fehr was bestowed an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp for his groundbreaking contribution to the development of economics into a multidisciplinary behavioral science...

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  • Promotion Todd Hare

    Prof. Dr. Todd Hare, born 1980, has been appointed Associate Professor for Neuroeconomics and Human Development. Prof. Hare studied Biology at Iowa State University, USA. In 2007, he received his PhD in Neuroscience at the Weill Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University, USA...

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  • ERC Grant for Christian Ruff

    Christian Ruff receives a coveted ERC Grant (2 million euros) to further his research on understanding which mechanisms within the human brain are responsible for controlling our decisions and actions...

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  • Ernst Fehr Interview: The Department of Economics Continues to Grow

    In an interview with NZZ am Sonntag, Ernst Fehr talks about the Department of Economics' growth. Seven new professors will be joining the department thanks to the support of the UBS Center. 

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  • Ernst Fehr Considered Most Influential Economist in German-Speaking Europe

    A ranking of the most influential economists in German-speaking Europe puts Ernst Fehr at the top. The ranking, created by various entities in the media and academia, focuses on the resonance and impact of economists' research in the media, politics, as well as academia.

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  • Neuroeconomics Workshop in August 2016

    The SNS Lab is hosting a Neuroeconomics Workshop on Wednesday, August 31 which will include speakers from Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, and Columbia University, among others.

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  • Promotion Philippe Tobler

    Prof. Dr. Philippe Tobler, born. 1972, has been appointed Associate Professor for Neuroeconomics and Social Neuroscience by the Board of the University. Prof. Tobler studied at the University of Berne ...

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  • Ernst Fehr Awarded Membership in Austrian Academy of Science

    On May 19, 2016, the Austrian Academy of Science (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaft) awarded memberships to 26 international scientists for their outstanding scholarly contribution and reputation...

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  • Christian Ruff Consultant for Exhibition on Money

    Prof. Dr. Christian Ruff was asked to consult on an exhibition titled "Money. Beyond Good and Evil" at the Stapferhaus Lenzburg.

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  • Power Poses Have No Effect on Hormones or Financial Risk Taking

    In contradiction to a widely publicized study on the effect of power poses on the psychological and physiological state, a new study led by Dr. Eva Ranehill indicates that there is no evidence supporting the claim that hormones and financial risk taking are affected by these physical expressions. 

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  • Ernst Fehr Awarded Gutenberg Research Award 2014

    Since 2012, the Gutenberg Research College (GRC) has bestowed the Gutenberg Research Award annually to distinguished academics who have decisively shaped their fields of research and whose studies have influenced neighboring disciplines as well. This year's awards, which come with EUR 10,000 in prize Money, went to Professor Ernst Fehr and Professor Michèle Lamont, a cultural sociologist at Harvard University.

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  • Assistant Professorship for Thorsten Kahnt

    Thorsten Kahnt has accepted a position as tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Congratulations, Thorsten! Thorsten Kahnt's Homepage

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  • Anjali Raja Beharelle Receives Trainee Abstract Travel Award

    Anjali Raja Beharelle received a Trainee Abstract Travel Award for for her abstract entitled "Sustaining exploration during value-based learning with frontopolar brain stimulation."

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  • Psychiatry under the Lens of Algorithms - First Zurich Computational Psychiatry Meeting

    Computational psychiatry is an emerging field at the intersection between neuroscience and psychiatry. The aim of this highly interdisciplinary field is to build mathematical models of the neural and cognitive processes that underpin psychiatric disorders. 

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  • Anjali Raja Beharelle Granted Marie Curie Fellowship

    Anjali Raja Beharelle received an EU grant amounting to EUR 192,622 for her 2-year research project "Cortical Mechanisms of Exploratory Learning."

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  • Sinergia grant awarded

    Ernst Fehr, Christian Ruff, and Philippe Tobler received a Sinergia grant of 1.8 million Swiss francs from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for their project entitled "Neuroeconomics of value-based decision making" (2013-2015).

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  • EEG Lab ready for research

    Thanks to the hard work of Gábor Stefanics, Head of EEG, the EEG lab is now completely equipped and fully operational!

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  • Paul Glimcher's Neuroeconomics Workshop

    Paul Glimcher of New York University will hold a neuroeconomics workshop from June 13-15, 2011. The workshop will be held in room BLU-003, from 5-7 pm, on each of the three days. Topics include the theory of positive neuroeconomics and the standard model of choice. He will also give a more general talk on June 16, 2011 at 5 pm (BLU-003).

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  • Inaugural lectures

    Philippe Tobler and Christian Ruff will be holding their inaugural lectures on Monday, May 23, 2011 in the Main Auditorium (KOLG-201). Philippe will speak on "Economic value in the brain" from 18:15-19:00 and Christian on "Studying the mind by stimulating the brain" from 19:30-20:15. There will be a reception in the atrium afterwards. Congratulations, Philippe and Christian!

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  • Ernst Fehr on Trust, Fairness, and Generosity

    In the framework of a lecture series organized by the Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP), Ernst Fehr will speak on "Trust, fairness, and generosity: How do sex hormones and neurohormones influence social behavior?" at the Careum Training Centreon Monday, May 23, 2011 from 18:00-19:30.

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  • HBM2011 Trainee Abstract Travel Awards

    Kay Brodersen, Kate Lomakina, and Christoph Mathys are all recipients of the HBM2011 Trainee Abstract Travel Award. Over 1200 students and postdocs applied for the coveted award; only 113 were named recipients. They will be presenting their work at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Québec City, Canada, this June. Congratulations!

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  • Matthew Rabin's Minicourse on Behavioral Economics

    Matthew Rabin of the University of California, Berkeley, will hold a minicourse on behavioral economics from April 27-29, 2011. The course will be held in room KOL-G-204, from 4-6 pm, on each of the three days.

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  • Zurich SPM Course 2011

    The Zurich SPM Course, held annually since 2007, will take place from February 16-18, 2011. The course will cover all MRI-related aspects of SPM, including:
    - spatial preprocessing and voxel-based morphometry
    - mass-univariate and multivariate analyses of fMRI data
    - Bayesian analysis methods
    - Dynamic Causal Modeling and Bayesian model selection

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  • Lab guest Donna Harris

    Donna Harris, University of Cambridge, will be visiting us from February 15-April 30, 2011. Her dissertation focused on the impact of group identity, group size, and social norms on individual behavior within the context of multilateral group interactions. She has been investigating the influence of group membership on the underlying cognitive and neural processes that drive individual pro- and antisocial behavior. Specifically, her work examines whether humans are naturally inclined to conform to group behavior regardless of whether such behavior produces positive or negative outcomes.

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  • Todd Hare New Assistant Professor

    Todd Hare assumed his new position as Assistant Professor for Neuroeconomics on November 1, 2010, at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, which is strongly affiliated with the SNS Lab. Before that, he was Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroeconomics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Welcome, Todd!

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  • Conference on Trust Research

    Ernst Fehr, Ingolf U. Dalferth, and Jakob Tanner have organized an interdisciplinary research conference on the “Hermeneutic and Methodological Problems in Current Research on Trust,” which will take place from November 5-6, 2010, at the Collegium Helveticum in Zurich.

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  • Philippe Tobler New SNSF Professor

    Philippe Tobler assumed his new position as SNSF Professor on July 1, 2010, at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, which is strongly affiliated with the SNS Lab. He is also Associate Professor in the Finance Department at the University of Tilburg, Netherlands. Before that, he was Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Welcome, Philippe!

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  • SNS Lab Opening Symposium

    The SNS Lab Opening Symposium took place on June 4, 2010. Leading experts in the fields of social neuroscience, neuroeconomics, and computational neuroeconomics spoke at the symposium: John A. Bargh, Russell A. Poldrack, Antonio Rangel, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Michael Breakspear, and Karl J. Friston.

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  • Mind and Life XX Conference

    Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems The Mind and Life XX Conference entitled "Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems: A Dialogue between Economics, Neuroscience and Contemplative Sciences" co-organized by Tania Singer took place from April 9-11, 2010, Kongresshaus, Zurich. In addition to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, a number of other leading minds who are working on the foundations of economic decision making, cooperation, prosocial behavior, empathy, and compassion spoke at the conference (including Ernst Fehr and Tania Singer from the University of Zurich).

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  • 2009 PROSE Award Winner

    Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain The Association of American Publishers recently announced the winners of the 2009 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (the "PROSE Awards"). Neuroeconomics: Decision Making in the Brainby Paul Glimcher, Colin Camerer, Ernst Fehr, and Russell Poldrack received the Award for Excellence in Social Sciences and was the winner in the Economics category. This book is the first edited reference that examines the science behind neuroeconomics, including how it influences human behavior and societal decision making from a behavioral economics point of view.

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  • Zurich SPM Course 2010

    The Zurich SPM Course, held annually since 2007, will take place from February 17-19, 2010. The course will cover all MRI-related aspects of SPM, including:
    - spatial preprocessing & voxel-based morphometry
    - statistical analysis of fMRI data with the General Linear Model
    - Bayesian analysis methods
    - effective connectivity analysis with Dynamic Causal Modeling for fMRI.

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  • Minicourse on the Neuroscience of Decision Making

    Matthew Rushworth's minicourse on the Neuroscience of Decision Making will take place in the IERE seminar room from February 1-4, 2010.

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  • ScienceWatch: Fast Moving Fronts

    Christian C. Ruff talks with ScienceWatch.com and answers a few questions about this month's Fast Moving Front in the field of Neuroscience & Behavior.

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  • Guest speaker Klaus Fiedler

    Klaus Fiedler (University of Heidelberg) will be giving a talk entitled "Mood and the regulation of cognition and behavior: The role of assimilation and accommodation" on November 6, 2009, 1:30-2:45 pm in Room BLU-E-003.

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  • Minicourse on Dynamic Causal Modelling

    Klaas Enno Stephan's minicourse on Dynamic Causal Modelling will take place in the IERE seminar room from July 7-10, 2009.

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  • New MRI research in Zurich

    David O. Brunner, Nicola De Zanche, Jürg Fröhlich, Jan Paska, and Klaas P. Pruessmann
    Travelling-wave nuclear magnetic resonance
    Published: February 19, 2009

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  • Zurich SPM Course 2009

    The Zurich SPM Course, held annually since 2007, will take place from February 11-13, 2009. The course will cover all MRI-related aspects of SPM, including:
    - spatial preprocessing & voxel-based morphometry
    - statistical analysis of fMRI data with the General Linear Model
    - new Bayesian analysis methods
    - effective connectivity analysis with Dynamic Causal Modeling for fMRI

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  • Minicourse on the Neuroeconomics of Decision Making

    Antonio Rangel's minicourse on the Neuroeconomics of Decision Making will take place in the IERE seminar room from December 8-10, 2008.

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  • European Research Council awards Tania Singer 1.5 million euros

    The European Research Council has awarded Tania Singer 1.5 million euros for her project entitled "Plasticity of the empathic brain: Structural and functional MRI studies on the effect of empathy training on the human brain and prosocial behaviour." This was a highly competitive grant: Of the 9,167 applications for an ERC Starting Grant submitted, only 3% were funded.

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