Prof. A.G. Sanfey (Alan)

Director of research - Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Director of research - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Professor - Behavioural Science Institute
Professor - Social and Cultural Psychology

Prof. A.G. Sanfey (Alan)
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Kapittelweg 29
6525 EN NIJMEGEN

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Postbus 9101
6500 HB NIJMEGEN

Decision Neuroscience offers a novel approach to the study of both individual and interactive decision-making by combining the methods of behavioral experiments, functional neuroimaging, and formal economic models. Use of this methodology has the potential to advance our knowledge of existing theoretical accounts of how people make decisions and judgments by informing and constraining these models based on the underlying neurobiology. Examining sophisticated high-level behavior at a neural level, such as deciding on how much risk to take with an investment or deciding on a strategy when playing a competitive game with an opponent, can provide important clues as to the fundamental mechanisms by which decision-making operates. A further goal of our group is to use the knowledge gleaned from these studies to inform public policy debates, for example in understanding how expectations play a role in financial and health-care decisions.

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Sanfey investigates how people make decisions and judgements. How much risk do I take with an investment? Or how to decide on a strategy when playing a competitive game with an opponent? He hopes to provide important clues as to the fundamental brain mechanisms by which decision-making operates.