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Neuroeconomics Group

Group Leader - Vasily Klucharev

Our international team investigates the brain mechanisms of decision making, social influence and persuasive communication. We study neural mechanism of valuation, risk taking, cognitive dissonance and social aspects of decision making. Our group particularly focuses on neurobiological mechanisms of social influence. People are exposed to hundreds of persuasive messages per day in one form or another: from TV commercials to scientific publications. Social influence on our decisions has been a focus of extensive psychological research but has been nearly ignored by neuroscience. Understanding the neuronal mechanisms of effective social influence will help to uncover mechanisms of decision making in various social contexts. We investigate a broad range of fundamental and applied problems in decision making and social influence, including neuroscience of persuasion, cognitive dissonance, neuronal plasticity caused by economic outcomes, neurobiology of trust and risk taking, neuroscience of temporal discounting and neuro-law in collaboration with Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives Ecole Normale Supérieure, Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University and Moscow MEG Centre.

Our staff

Vasily Klucharev

Leading Research Fellow

Anna Shestakova

Leading Research Fellow

Ksenia Panidi

Senior Research Fellow

Aleksei Gorin

Junior Research Fellow

Oksana Zinchenko

Junior Research Fellow

Elena Rybina

Research Assistant

Egor Levchenko

Research Assistant

Andrew Kislov

Research Assistant

Anush Ghambaryan

Research Assistant

Publications

Representative international publications

  1. Hytonen, K.A., Baltussen, G., Assem, M.J. van den, Klucharev, V.A., Sanfey, A.G. & Smidts, A. (2014). Path Dependence in Risky Choice: Affective and Deliberative Processes in Brain and Behavior. Journal of Economic Behaviorand Organization (Accepted for publication).
  2. Shestakova A., Rieskamp J., Tugin S., Ossadtchi, Krutitskaya J. and Klucharev V. Electrophysiological precursors of social conformity.  Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013 Oct;8(7):756-63. doi: 10.1093/scan/nss064. Epub 2012 Jun 7.
  3. Klucharev, V., Munneke, M.A., Smidts, A., and Fernandez, G. (2011). Downregulation of the posterior medial frontal cortex prevents social conformity. J Neurosci 31, 11934-11940.
  4. Klucharev, V., Hytonen, K., Rijpkema, M., Smidts, A., and Fernandez, G. (2009). Reinforcement learning signal predicts social conformity. Neuron 61, 140-151.
  5. Klucharev, V., Smidts, A., and Fernandez, G. (2008). Brain mechanisms of persuasion: how 'expert power' modulates memory and attitudes. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 3, 353–366.

 
Representative publications in Russian

  1. Ключарев В.А., Зубарев В.П., Шестакова А.Н. (2014) Нейробиологические механизмы социального влияния. Экспериментальная психология. Принята к публикации в 2014
  2. Ключарев В.А., Шмидс А., Шестакова А.Н. (2011) Нейроэкономика: нейробиология принятия решений. Экспериментальная психология. 2011. №2. – C. 14-35 

 

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