Exploring how we make our everyday decisions by combining insights and methods from economics, psychology and neuroscience

Friday 17 February 2023, 12:30 pm
A. Fenneman
prof. dr. G.U. Weitzal, prof. dr. A.G. Sanfey, prof. dr. J. Sickmann (Hochschule Rhein Waak, DE)

In this PhD thesis research, I investigate the information-processing mechanisms underlying our everyday decisions. Due to its complexity, this topic requires a holistic exploration and an approach that combines different scientific disciplines. Such a combined approach requires bridging the theoretical rigour developed in the field of economics with the empirical flexibility of psychology and neuroscience. 
In this PhD thesis, I contribute to this bridging in two separate parts. In the first part, I explore our ability to retrieve, process and integrate information from information derived from our own memory. At the heart of this part of my thesis is a new theoretical framework on how we can base our decisions on our memories. In the second part of this PhD thesis research, I examine how our decisions can be influenced by limitations and idiosyncrasies in our ability to process perceived information. 

Achiel Fenneman (Doetinchem, 1990) completed separate Bachelors degrees in both Psychology (2013) and in Economics (2014) and a Master’s degree in Financial Economics (cum laude, 2016), as well as completing a wide range of courses across Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Neuroscience. He is currently continuing his work on memory-based decision-making as a postdoctoral researcher at the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) group at the University of Vienna.