Title of PhD: The Neuroeconomy of Love - The moderation of social interactions and attachment style on decision making; psychophisics and fMRI
Supervisors: Ulrik Beierholm, PhD, Professor Stephen Wood MA PhD
I'm interested in the cognitive psychodynamic of decision making within relationships rooted in the attachment theory and it's modulations on cooperation between partners who are in love as compared to partners who are friends or strangers to each other.
We hope to examine the above with implementing behavioral experiments based on the game theory to explore the neural structure of the partners’ brains during the behavioral task with fMRI.
We would also like to explore the environmental factors and to understand the role of reward and punishment and how they affect the attachment system and partners’ decision making which would be eventually developed to an intervening model to improve cooperation and problem solving in times of conflicts between partners.