Unfortunately, professor Kalenscher's office hours need to be cancelled on May 25th and June 8th 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Bedauerlicherweise fällt die wöchentliche Sprechstunde von Prof. Kalenscher sowohl am 25. Mai, als auch am 8. Juni 2016, aus. Bitte entschuldigen Sie die Unannehmlichkeiten. 



New paper out!

Rats show inequity aversion. In her new study, Lina Oberließen could show that rats prefer fair reward distributions between themselves and a concspecific over unfair reward distributions that leave the conspecific better off. Congratulations, Lina! 

Check out here!




Conference on the structure of cognitive representations in September '16

The DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science (Germany) invites abstracts for its biannual conference philosophical, psychological, linguistic and neuroscientific perspectives on the structure of cognition.




Program for decision neuroscience symposium online!

We are proud to annouce that the Düsseldorf symposium on decision neuroscience will also take place this year! More information undefinedhere!



Good news! :)

Our lab just published 2 new papers.
First, Zsofia Margittai and colleagues published on the effects of cortsiol on cognitive reasoning or reflection, rescpectively, in humans. Check undefinedhere.
Secondly, Julien Hernandez-Lallement and colleagues showed in their new paper in Neurobiology of learning and memory that lesions of the basolateral amygdala lead to a decrease fo social preferences in their recently established rodent prosocial choice task. Check undefinedhere.



New paper out!

Autobiographical memory, gender and delay discounting in older people. Congratulations, Maayke!

Seinstra M, Grzymek K, Kalenscher T (2015) Gender-Specific Differences in the Relationship between Autobiographical Memory and Intertemporal Choice in Older Adults. PLoS One 10:e0137061.



New vacancies: Student assistants wanted!

We have some new open vacancies for student assistants. Check here!




New paper out!

Inspired by vast recent literature on stress on various cognition domains, Zsofia Magittai, Tina Strombach and colleagues conducted an experiment to investigate the effects of stress on social distance mapping and generosity. Inducing psychosocial stress using the TSST, they found that stress increases generosity towards socially close, but not socially distant others. Get the article here!

We would like to thank our collaborators: Marian Joels and Lars Schwabe!




Paper on economic decision making in rodents published!

Marijn van Wingerden and colleagues just published a new paper in PLoS ONE. The authors inverstigated the dynamics in choice tasks depending on whether budgets were compensated or not, basically applying economic demand theory to rat behavior. Check here.



New theses up for grabs

We updated our theses page - new topics are available now! For example, we offer the opportunity to work with electrophysiology in rodents to perform research into social decision behavior. Furthermore, some interesting theses in clinical neuropsychology, as well as in human behavioral decision research can be assigned. Click here.



Flyer for the Düsseldorf Symposium on Decision Neuroscience 2015 out

We are happy to announce the official line-up for our yearly symposium. On July 4, we are proud to welcome Wolfram Schultz, Philippe Tobler, Joe Kable, as well as Alan Sanfey. Interested? Download the flyer here. If you have specific questions, write a mail to Zsofia Hangebrauk! :)



Schedule for summer term colloquium 2015 online !

We warmly invite you to our weekly colloquium this year. We are happy to announce again different speakers from all around the world. After the talks, papers and progresses will be discussed in good company. Later we continue in our lab-kitchen having beers and playing darts. You can find the schedule here.


2 new papers out!

Tina Strombach published her work on the neural correlates of social discounting in PNAS. In the cooperative project between the HHU, the CENS and the Life&Brain in Bonn and the University of Zürich she illustrates that the TPJ plays a key role in regulating selfish impulses. Click here to read the University press report.

Also, Julien Hernandez-Lallement published a paper on his work on social decision making in rodents. He and his colleagues developed a social decision task for rats which serves to explore social value representation in rats. He could show that rats prefer mutual rewards instead of just a reward for themselves. Click here for the University press report.


Strombach T., Weber B., Hangebrauk Z., Kenning P., Karpidis I., Tobler P. N., Kalenscher T. (2015) Social discounting involves modulation of neural value signals by tempro-parietal junction. PNAS. Early online pupblication: 6:1. doi/10.1073/pnas.1414715112


Hernandez-Lallement, Van Wingerden M., Marx C., Srejic M. , Kalenscher T. (2015) Rats prefer mutual rewards in a prosocial choice task. Frontiers in neuroscience 8:1-9.




New article out!

In his new paper, Tobias Kalenscher describes psychological factors explaining low insurance take-up in developing countries. A special focus is placed on decision-making mechanisms, particularly present biases and cooperative behavior.


Kalenscher T. (2014) Attitude toward health insurance in developing countries from a decision making perspective. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics. 73:174-193




Lina Oberließen received a grant for her cooperative PhD project!

After one year of planning and designing an exceptional PhD in comparative behavioural research, Lina Oberließen finally got a grant from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (http://www.studienstiftung.de/) supporting her promising research project. She wants to investigate inequity aversion in rats, monkeys and wolves, in cooperation with the Wolf Science Center in Austria. Many thanks to everyone who kept fingers crossed!




We are happy to announce that the flyer for the Symposium on Decision Neuroscience 2014 can be downloaded here. We will keep you on track if any new information is available. Feel free to write a mail to Zsofia or Christine if you have any questions !



The 'Freigeist' fellowship goes to Marijn van Wingerden !

We congratulate Dr. Marijn van Wingerden for receiving the Freigest fellowship from the Volkswagen Stiftung. This grant will doubtlessly enrich his research on social neurosciences and social decision making. At the same time we thank the Volkswagen Stiftung for taking an appreciating view on our work !




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