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Compared to other group-living species, humans show a remarkable extent of cooperation and readiness to share resources to help each other. At times, however, selfishness trumps pro-sociality, competition is more rewarding than working together, and cooperation is used as a mean to subordinate and hurt others. My research interest broadly revolves around the behavioral and neurobiological underpinnings of these dichotomies – pro-sociality and cooperation on the one side and selfishness and conflict on the other side. To approach these topics, I try to combine insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience, making use of theoretical models, simulations, laboratory experiments, and neuroscientific methods like brain imaging or non-invasive brain-stimulation. In the past, I also investigated non-strategic value-based decision making. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor at Leiden University.

Short CV

since 2017 Assistant Professor,
Leiden University
2015-2016 Postdoctoral Researcher,
University of Amsterdam
2015 PhD,
Maastricht University
2010 – 2014 PhD candidate,
School of Business and Economics and Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University
2010 Master of Science (Diplompsychologe) in Psychology,
Goethe University, Frankfurt
2005 – 2010 Study of Psychology,
Goethe University, Frankfurt


Some of my co-authors, collaborators, friends I worked with:

Jan Zimmermann Eva Woelbert Martin Strobel Arno Riedl Sanae Barth Sabrina Strang Alex Sack
Rainer Goebel Zsombor Méder Carsten De Dreu Simon Columbus