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The Center for Neuroeconomics Studies (CNS) uses research methods from neuroscience to gain insights into how people make decisions. Our research examines the basis for selfish and selfless behaviors; good and evil. The lab discovered that the hormone oxytocin functions as a moral molecule to guide us on appropriate behaviors. Yet, we are finding that it doesn't always do this in all people and in all situations. The mission of CNS is to help people make better decisions and to identify why some people consistently make bad decisions. CNS conducts research using both healthy subjects and neurologic and psychiatric patients with collaborators world-wide. 

Claremont Graduate University is the first in the world to offer an PhD specialization in neuroeconomics.  The foundational course SPE301:The Behavioral Neuroeconomics of Decision Making prepares students for careers in teaching, research and consulting.

Research at CNS spans everything from molecular biology, behavioral neuroscience, clinical neurology, economics, finance, leadership, economics, political science to the philosophy of religion.  Diversity in what we study and how we study it allows true transdisciplinary analysis by our research entrepreneurs.

CNS has funding for students interested in gaining hands-on experience with the methodology and applications of neuroeconomics. Please contact us if you're interested in joining our team.