2015 Annual Conference

Our annual conference, Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain aims to promote global interdisciplinary discussion on topics lying at the intersection of the brain and decision sciences in hopes of advancing both theory and research. The meeting is attended by scholars of all levels from all areas of neuroeconomic research including the fields of economics, psychology, and neural science, as well as by leaders in fields such as finance and medicine. The meeting's format, consisting of general talk sessions, poster sessions, organized receptions and group meals, provides ample opportunities for networking and off-line discussions. Further networking opportunities are provided by other events like our all-attendee banquet.


Society of Neuroeconomics Annual Meeting 2015


Time and Location

Conrad Miami
1395 Brickell Ave, Miami, Florida 33131 USA
Friday, September 25, 2015-Sunday, September 27, 2015

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About the 2015 Conference 

This year we continue to enhance our scientific content with the 6th Annual Fred Kavli Plenary Lecture, given by Ann Graybiel, PhD, Investigator and Institute Professor at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science. We will begin the conference with Kavli Foundation workshop tutorials on current advances in neuroeconomics, presented by Mara Mather, PhD, Professor of Gerontology and Psychology atUSC Davis School of Gerontology; David Laibson, PhD, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics at Harvard University; Nicholas Barberis, PhD, Stephen and Camille Schramm Professor of Finance at Yale School of Management.

**The conference will incorporate special networking opportunities for students and postdocs looking for positions after they graduate or finish their postdoc, as well as for faculty in the market for researchers. More details to come.**

Your registration includes admission to all sessions, a printed abstract book, breakfast, lunch, and breaks on all three conference days and a banquet dinner on Friday evening. To Register, click Here

*The Consumer Neuroscience Satellite Symposium at the University of Miami will be held on 9/24. Registration is separate – Please click here for more information.
**Registration to attend the Town Hall & Dinner for Major New Neuroeconomics Study Initiative is now opened– Please click here for more information and the link to RSVP.

Kavli Workshops in the Foundations of Neuroeconomics


Neuroscience Workshop I:

The expected value of control: An integrative theory of motivation, effort and controlled processing
Jonathan Cohen
Princeton University

Abstract: The dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) has been a near-ubiquitous presence in three literatures directly relevant to the neuroscience of decision making; those on cognitive control, value-based decision making, and motivation.  However, much less attention has been given to how its function in each of these domains may relate to its function in the others.  In this talk I will describe a theory, inspired by a consideration of these literatures and the role that dACC plays within them, that addresses how value-based decisions impact and, in turn, are impacted by cognitive control.  This theory posits that the primary function of dACC is to compute the expected value of candidate, control-demanding behaviors (the expected value of control, or EVC), and to select for execution (through the allocation of control) those that maximize this quantity.  The theory builds on standard models of reward optimization (in both learning and decision making), taking into account the costs inherent to the allocation of control itself.  It provides a coherent, and formally explicit framework for considering how the allocation of control — informed by a cost/benefit analysis of available options — impacts decision making and behavior.  I will review behavioral and neuroscientific data in support of the theory, and present simulation results that demonstrate the model’s ability to capture many of these findings. 

Neuroscience Workshop II:

Norepinephrine and neural gain
Mara Mather
USC Davis School of Gerontology

Abstract: It has long been recognized that a key function of the locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system is to adjust the gain on information processing in the brain, such that increasing levels of norepinephrine under arousal are associated with amplification of ‘signal’ and suppression of ‘noise’. But it has not been clear how norepinephrine can turn the knob on gain. How can this neurotransmitter, released broadly across much of the brain under arousal, have opposite effects on different types of neural representations? In this talk I review the basic mechanisms of norepinephrine and present a model of how it modulates neural gain.


Social Science and Decision Science Workshop I:

Behavioral Finance: Progress and Challenges
Nicolas Barberis
Yale School of Management

Abstract:The field of behavioral finance argues that many important financial phenomena are the result of less than fully rational thinking on the part of some market participants. Over the past 20 years, the field has grown dramatically in both content and visibility, and is by far the most developed area of behavioral economics. Using models of human behavior that are firmly grounded in psychology, researchers in the field have tackled topics such as fluctuations in financial markets, asset bubbles, investor trading behavior, and merger and acquisition activity. This talk provides an overview of behavioral finance – its progress, its core ideas, and the challenges it faces – and also discusses some areas of potential collaboration between researchers in behavioral finance and researchers in neuroscience.

Social Science and Decision Science Workshop II:

David Laibson
Harvard University

Abstract: The genetic architecture of economic behavior is characterized by millions of genetic loci that each have a small effect on a phenotype of interest. For example, the most influential single-nucleotide polymporhisms each explain less than 1/10 of 1% of the variance in educational attainment. However, when those effects are aggregated and tested out-of-sample, (linear) polygenic risk scores explain 5%-15% of cross-sectional variance in behavior. In this talk, I'll summarize the molecular genetic methods that have been used to draw such conclusions and discuss the future direction of genoeconomics research.


Registration Fee

Note:  Cancellations made on or before August 15, 2015 will receive 100% refund. Cancellations made on or before September 8, 2015, will receive 50% refund. To Register, click HERE

Conference Registration Fee

Conference Fee
On/before 08/15
After 08/15
Regular Member$516$558
Postdoc Member$408$450
Student Member$348$390

Fee for Guests

Guest of Attendee
All Meals Registration Fee$240
Banquet Only Registration Fee$162

Society Membership Fee

Membership Type
New membership
Membership Renewal
Student or Postdoc Member$100$85
Regular Member$200$170

 Hotel Information

Our headquarter hotel is the Conrad Miami. All general sessions, poster sessions, breakfasts, lunches, and breaks will take place there.   Hotel reservations should be made under our room block. Single rooms are available for $169.00/night. Double rooms are available for $179.00/night. These rates exclude taxes. To book your hotel and find additional information, please click the button below.

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Event Committees and Staff

Program Committee

Joe Kable
University of Pennsylvania

Peter Bossaerts
The University of Melbourne

Paul Phillips
University of Washington

Tali Sharot
University College London

Christian Ruff
University of Zurich

Greg Samanez-Larkin
Yale University

Uma Karmarkar
Harvard University


Nominating Committee

Alan Sanfey
The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University

Ian Krajbich
Ohio State University

Eric Johnson
Columbia University

Early Career Award Committee

Ale Smidts
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam

Brian Knutson
Stanford University

Administrative Staff:

Echo Wang
Administrative Assistant

Michelle Smith
Event Planner

Samanta Shaw
Administrative Director


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