Decision Neuroscience

At the Center for Decision Neuroscience, we are studying the neural and cognitive mechansims underlying decision making and learning. Our research lies at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology and economics ("neuroeconomics"). Our methodological toolbox comprises behavioral experiments, computational modeling of cognitive and neural processes, neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG), and eye-tracking.

We are a team of young and ambitious scientists who strive for academic excellence as well as for robustness and replicability of empirical research. Thus, we embrace the principles of open science and good scientific practices, such as preregistration of studies and hypotheses, sharing codes and data, and publishing results on preprint servers and open-access journals.

The Center for Decision Neuroscience is part of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Basel. Within the faculty, we are connected to the Master and PhD programs in Social, Economic, and Decision Psychology (check out the SWE-blog).


03.02.2020   Our work on attention and normalization in multi-alternative decisions is now published in Nature Human Behaviour!

15.01.2020   Regina uploaded her study on linking memory-based decisions with decisions under uncertainty as a preprint on PsyArXiv.

29.11.2019   Congrats to Michael, who recevied the Steven-Karger Prize at this year's Dies Academicus - for his/our Psychological Review paper as the best publication of the faculty in the last year!

01.10.2019   Some of our work will be presented at conferences in October: Regina got a poster and Michael a poster spotlight presentation at Neuroeconomics. Sebastian gives a talk and Peter has a poster at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting. Sebastian also gives two talks at Ohio State University (host: Ian Krajbich) and Brown University (host: Amitai Shenhav).

15.09.2019   A paper in collaboration with Jan Glaescher's team in Hamburg about semantic congruency has been accepted at Frontiers of Integrative Neuroscience

26.08.2019   New publication in Computational Brain & Behavior: A commentary on the importance of power analyses for cognitive modeling.

01.08.2019   Gregory Benjamin Elbel and NoĆ«lle Burri joined our team as new student assistants. Welcome and best wishes for a good start!

21.06.2019   Regina has been accepted in the antelope program, a career program for female (post)doctoral researchers. It includes an expert exchange, a career camp and several coaching sessions. Congratulations!

18.04.2019   Lauras publication on a reinforcement learning diffusion decision model for value-based decisions, published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, is now online.