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Philippe N. Tobler

Philippe Tobler is an Associate Professor of Neuroeconomics and Social Neuroscience at the University of Zurich.

After having studied experimental psychology with a focus on the oculomotor system, for my Ph.D. I investigated reward processing by single dopamine neurons. My postdoctoral work employed functional magnetic resonance imaging in humans to shed light on how the brain processes economic reward parameters, such as risk, delay, and probability. Currently, I am interested in the neural basis of reward, learning, economic decision making, and social behavior. I study both group effects and individual differences with a variety of methods. Examples of brain structures I am particularly interested in include the dopaminergic midbrain, the striatum, and the prefrontal cortex.

Liking Vs. Wanting: The Role Our Brain Plays

Luckily, we usually like what we want and want what we like. Still, in some situations we may like something without wanting it, for example, when we already own a bed, we may not want to own another one, even […]