|Jan B. Engelmann is Associate Professor of NeuroEconomics at the Amsterdam School of Economics. His research focuses on the neurobiology of social and economic decision-making, and how emotions influence our decisions. Jan studied Experimental Psychology at the University of St. Andrews (2000-2002) and then did his PhD at Brown University (2002-2008) at the Laboratory for Cognition and Emotion (with Luiz Pessoa). Prior to coming to CREED, Jan worked with Neuroscientists and Economists at Emory University (with Greg Berns; 2007-2009), and at the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research (with Ernst Fehr; 2010-2014) at the University of Zurich. Jan has received a number of awards including the Radboud Excellence Fellowship, the John Dickhaut Memorial Grant from the Society for Neuroeconomics, the Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association and the Student Research Grant from the Association for Psychological Science. His papers can be found on ResearchGate or Google Scholar.|
|Chih-Chung Ting is a PhD student at CREED under the supervision of Jan Engelmann since September 2016. After he obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology, he worked with Professor Shih-Wei Wu and did his M.Sc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. To study social decision making and moral judgment, he worked as a research assistant at the Brain and Consciousness Research Center for one year. His research interests involve emotion, social interaction and the computations underlying decision-making. To know how affective and social components influence various types of decisions, and how the brain processes information under specific emotional states, he will start a series of experiments and investigate the underlying behavioral and neural mechanisms. Currently, he is working with Jan to study how anxiety impacts our learning performance.|
|Li-Ang Chang is a PhD student at CREED under the supervision of Jan Engelmann. Previously, Li-Ang acquired his BSc in Biology from the Department of Life Science at Tunghai University. Under the supervision of Professor Chi-Hung Juan he then completed his MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at National Central University in Taiwan. As a research assistant at Taipei Medical University he explored the topic of decision-making in social contexts. Given his background in both Biology and Psychology he is interested in Social Neuroscience. In particular, he is fascinated by individual differences in emotional responses, and how such different emotions affect human decision-making in social contexts related to political issues and groups. He is now working with Jan to delve into the neural underpinnings of social decision-making processes, focusing on the role of the temporoparietal junction (TPJ).|
|Manon Mulckhuyse is a visiting researcher from Radboud University. Her research concerns emotional modulation of visual spatial attention and the underlying neural mechanisms of these processes. She obtained her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where she worked on the interaction between bottom-up and top-down driven attentional processes (supervisor Prof. dr. Jan Theeuwes). After her PhD, she received a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to investigated the influence of threat on covert and overt attentional processes working with Prof. dr. Geert Crombez at Ghent University. Her recent research concerns a VENI project, in which she investigates the temporal dynamics of emotional modulation of attentional and visual selection. With Jan Engelmann, she is working on several repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) studies to determine which brain areas are essential in emotional modulation of attentional selection.|
|Alessandra Galli is a visiting researcher from the Donders Institute at the Radboud University Nijmegen where she worked on her PhD research (currently completing the dissertation) on the neurobehavioral mechanisms underlying the interaction between emotions and working memory (Supervisor: Christian Fiebach). She received her MSc degree in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive neuroscience at the University of Padua (Italy) and later she continued with a post-graduation MSc in Artificial intelligence at the University of Leuven (Belgium). She has worked as research assistant at the Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in the lab of prof. Ian Robertson on the effect of donepezil on attentional brain circuits of older adults and within a university-industry collaboration, on the development of an automated neuropsychological screening over the phone. She has been working as psychologist at Molemann de Brouwerij centre for psychosis and as tutor/lecturer at PPLE college, at the University of Amsterdam. Since September 2017 she works as psychologist at Adagio in Amsterdam where she also started her post-master clinical training program (GZ-opleiding).|
|Kassandra Birchler is a PhD student in the Political Science Department at Yale University and a visiting student at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the intersection of political science and psychology. In her dissertation she examines how negative emotions, like anger and anxiety, and traumatic experiences early in life influence political and economic decision-making. Kassandra received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and her M.A. in Comparative and International Studies from ETH Zurich.|
|Karin Bacily is a research assistant at CREED under the supervision of Jan Engelmann and Maël Lebreton since July 2017. The project she is working on is an extension of the research she did for her bachelor’s thesis, also under Jan’ supervision. She is taking courses in areas of neuroscience and marketing for extracurricular credits towards her B.Sc in Psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam. Her interest lies with human decision making, both economic and consumer-based, and the underlying neural processes. She is currently working with Jan and Maël to investigate the role of confidence in economic decision-making.
|Olivia Carrubba is a MSc student in Brain and Cognitive Science at the University of Amsterdam and research assistant at the CREED lab. Her main interests are neuroeconomics and computational theories of mind. Olivia received her B.A. in Philosophy and Knowledge from Sapienza University of Rome. Her graduate thesis focused on epistemic logic and the problem of logical omniscience of real world agents.