CBBM Lecture "Neuroendocrinological influence on judgment, choice and social preference"

by Prof. Dr. Tobias Kalenscher,

Comparative Psychology,

Institute of Experimental Psychology,

Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf


will take place on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 17:15 to 18:15 hours in CBBM, EG, Room 50/51.

Host: Prof. So Young Park
Institute of Psychology I
Universität zu Lübeck


Despite the still frequently made assumption that humans are consistent, sophisticated and selfish decision-makers, decades of research in the behavioural sciences suggest that individuals are often much less rational and egoistic as originally assumed. Yet, it is still elusive what causes variations in judgment, choice and social behaviour within and across individuals. One of the factors that may systematically influence decision making is stress, or the underlying neuroendocrine stress response, respectively. In my talk, I will review recent findings in my lab suggesting that psychosocial stress as well as psychopharmacological manipulations of the neuroendocrine stress systems alter cognitive reflection, decision making under risk and social preferences.


Prof. Dr. Tobias Kalenscher holds a diploma in psychology. He received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Ruhr-University Bochum in 2005 followed by a post-doc and independent researcher position in systems biology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was appointed professor of comparative psychology in Düsseldorf in 2011. He works on the interface of psychology, neuroscience and economics. His main interest is to understand the psychology and neurobiology of decision-making in general, and deviations from optimal decision-making in particular. Combining in-vivo electrophysiology, psychopharmacology, microdialysis and neuroimaging techniques with conceptual tools borrowed from psychology, economics, and biology, he employs a truly multidisciplinary, comparative approach to tackle these issues.