Decision-making can be defined as the process of choosing an option from a set of alternatives. There is a long history of decision-making research in psychology, economics, and philosophy. Over the last ten years, decision-making research in these fields has further evolved in Berlin and now covers a broad range of different aspects: from studies on mechanisms of perceptual decision-making over conflict and heuristics to motivation, volition, and moral decision-making up to philosophical aspects of freedom and responsibility.
Several groups in the Berlin metropolitan area headed by faculty of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain have a strong focus on decision-making: Felix Blankenburg’s group focuses on computational neuroimaging of perceptual decision-making, with an emphasis on somatosensory decision-making. Gabriel Curio and Klaus-Robert Müller apply new approaches developed from brain–computer interface research to decision-making research. Hauke Heekeren’s group investigates mechanisms of decision-making in the human brain, with a focus on explicitly linking brain function and behavior. In Andreas Heinz’s group, research addresses the influence of reward contingencies, emotion, and impulsivity on decision-making, with an emphasis on alterations in patients with alcohol dependence and affective disorders. Autonomy and free will are the focus of Michael Pauen’s group.
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Special Newsletter issue on decision-making research