Shanghai Neuroeconomics Collective Summer School

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The goal of the Neuroeconomics Summer School is to bring together post-docs and advanced graduate students in neuroscience, psychology, economics and related disciplines for intensive and advanced study of the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of neuroeconomics. The course will feature daily lectures, morning and afternoon, by leading international faculty on Neuroeconomics. Workshops and experimental projects will take place in the evenings.

Lecture topics include introductions to economics, the psychology of judgement and decision-making, the neuroanatomy and physiology of decision-making, and computational modelling. The course will cover experiment and theoretical work on economic decision making in humans as well as animal models. 


Past Summer Schools

2015 Shanghai Neuroeconomics Collective Summer School

Date: July 12 - July 25, 2015.
Location: Pudong Campus of NYU-Shanghai, China

Sponsors: NYU-Shanghai, NYU, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke Kunshan University, and East China Normal University

 Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 14, 2015

Summer School Directors:

Nathaniel Daw (NYU)
Paul Glimcher (NYU)
Ben Hayden (University of Rochester)
Agnieszka Tymula (University of Sydney)
Hilke Plassmann (INSEAD)
Michael Platt (Duke University)
Xiao-Jing Wang (NYU and NYU-Shanghai)


Summer School Lecturer List (2015)

  • Xinying Cai (NYU Shanghai)
  • Molly Crockett (Oxford)
  • Adam Brandenburger (New York University)
  • Michael Dorris (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • Nathaniel Daw (NYU)
  • Jeff Erlich (NYU Shanghai)
  • Paul Glimcher (NYU)
  • Ben Hayden (University of Rochester)
  • Eric Johnson (Columbia)
  • Uma Karmarkar (Harvard Business School)
  • Liz Phelps (NYU)
  • Michael Platt (Duke University)
  • Drazan Prelec (MIT)
  • Matthew Rushworth (Oxford)
  • Agnieszka Tymula (University of Sydney)
  • Naoshige Uchida (Harvard)
  • Daphna Shohamy (Columbia)
  • Xiao-Jing Wang (NYU and NYU-Shanghai)
  • Elke Weber (Columbia)
  • Shihwei Wu (National Yang-Ming University)
  • Cary Frydman (University of Southern California)


List of Lecture Topics: 

  • Axiomatic bases of economics
  • Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Process-level models of Judgement and Decision-Making & Heuristics
  • Consumer Decision Making and Biases
  • Risk & Affect
  • Emotion and decision-making
  • Neuroscience of Self Control 
  • Strategic and social interactions and morality


  • Principles of neuroscience: methods, basic neurophysiology
  • Neural systems for valuation
  • Subcortical systems for valuation
  • Models of perceptual decision-making
  • Neural models of choice
  • Neuroscience of executive control
  • Reinforcement learning models
  • Evolution of reward-based decisions
  • Cognitive neuroscience of memory systems & decisions 
  • Neuroscience of social decision-making: animal models
  • Introduction to Game Theory 
  • Behavioral Economics of Social & Moral Decision Making
  • Neurofinance