In the Neuroeconomics track you learn to understand the brain’s role in controlling human behaviour. This is 1 of 2 tracks you can opt for in the MSc Business Economics.
In the Neuroeconomics track you gain insight into recent scientific advances in the field of neuroeconomics. Besides that you will be able to identify current societal challenges that can benefit from them. Receive interdisciplinary training in brain and cognitive sciences and economics. All with a strong focus on behavioural economics and neuroeconomics. You learn quantitative skills that allow you to employ advanced experimental methods. Use them to understand social and economic decision-making at different levels of analysis: at the neurobiological, psychological and economic level.
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Apart from the 3 general courses of the full programme, you will follow 5 track-specific courses.
Each week an expert from the field will teach you about a specific topic related to the cognitive and affective neuroscience field. All topics covered are highly relevant as they contribute fundamental cognitive and emotional processes in decision-making. You will learn about topics such as: neurons and synapses, brain anatomy, attention, memory, learning, emotions, and decision-making.
In this course you will learn to understand the psychological underpinnings of economics behaviour and of recent theories in behavioural economics. By critically reading and evaluating academic papers you will gain insight in individual choice and strategic interaction, especially social preferences and reciprocity.
In this course you will learn the basic methodology of experimental economics: how to design a simple experiment, including writing instructions. You will practice both with laboratory and field experimentation evolving around:
In this course you will become familiar with neuroeconomics: a relatively new field of research. You will learn to understand its relevance for understanding economic behaviour.
Topics you will cover are:
Expect firing discussions on (potential) applications and ethical issues.
This course introduces you to neuroscientific methods commonly used in neuroeconomics, social neuroscience and related disciplines. Focus is on functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), the most common research method in the field. You will learn about the physiological basis of the BOLD signal and how to use fMRI to identify the processes involved in decision-making. In tutorials you will gain hands-on experience with pre-processing and analysing fMRI data with the software package SPM 12.
The course will comprise a basic introduction to MATLAB, designed to be suitable for students with little or no prior programming knowledge. The programme will be based on introductory lectures and hands-on assignments, with the help and supervision of expert programmers. During the 1st part of the course, students will learn to apply basic functions and code in MATLAB. Building on the acquired knowledge, students will then be guided to program different tasks to acquire actual behavioural data.
A newspaper headline stated that brain scans reveal that we literally love our iPhones. However, this is a clear misrepresentation of scientific results. Unfortunately such overstatements are relatively common in the public press. As a student in the Neuroeconomics track, you will learn to correctly employ scientific methods in research settings and critically evaluate scientific findings.
Examples of relevant issues that could be discussed in your classroom.
Graduates of the Master's programme in Business Economics/Neuroeconomics track have excellent job prospects for positions as researchers and experts in:
This interdisciplinary Master's track is open to excellent students with a Bachelor’s in Economics, Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience or related disciplines. It also helps if you show evidence of branching out into other fields of study relevant to neuroeconomics. The basic entry requirements are sufficient knowledge in:
Students will also benefit if they have conducted an empirical research project (Bachelor's thesis or equivalent).