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C U R R I C U L U M   V I T A E


Positions Held


Director, Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University   (Jan 2023 – present)

Director, Radboud Center for Decision Science, Radboud University   (Jan 2021 – present)

Professor & Principal Investigator, Donders Institute, Radboud University   (Sep 2009 – present)

Associate Professor, University of Arizona   (Aug 2010 – Aug 2013)

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona   (Jan 2004 – Jul 2010)

Postdoctoral research fellow, Princeton University   (Sep 2001 - Dec 2003)




Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, University of Colorado   (Aug 2001)

Certificate in Cognitive Science, University of Colorado   (Jun 1999)

M.A. in Cognitive Psychology, University of Colorado   (May 1997)

B.A. (Hon.) in Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland   (Jun 1995)


Honours and Awards


NWO Open Competition (PI: €750,000) 2022-2027

NWO Climate adaptation and health (Co-PI: €2,180,000) 2022-2027

European Commission Science meets Regions (PI: €15,000) 2022-2023

Radboud Interfaculty Initiative (PI: €250,000) 2020-2023

ERC Starting Grant award (PI: €1,455,000) 2013-2018

National Science Foundation award (Co-PI: $505,000) 2013-2015

National Institute of Aging R21 award (PI: $310,000) 2007-2010

National Institute of Mental Health R03 award (PI: $160,000) 2006-2008

Province of Trentino scientific award (PI: €405,000) 2008-2012

University of Arizona Outstanding Honors Faculty, 2005

University of Arizona Foundation Grant, 2005

University of Arizona Summer Development Grant, 2005

University of Arizona International Travel Award, 2004, 2006, 2008

National Institute of Mental Health Predoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2001

University of Colorado Fellowships, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999


Research Interests


In general, my research uses both behavioral and neuroscientific methods to explore the cognitive and neural processes that underlie human judgment and decision-making. Some specific interests include:

  • Psychological and neural dynamics of social motivations

  • Reward processes in decision-making

  • Decision conflict, risk, and uncertainty



  • Vavra, P., Galvan, E.P. & Sanfey, A.G. (2024). Moral Decision-Making in context: behavioral and neural processes underlying allocations based on need, merit, and equality. Cortex

  • Vahed, S., Goanta, C., Ortolani, P. & Sanfey, A.G. (2024). Moral judgment of objectionable online content: Reporting decisions and punishment preferences on social media. PLoS One

  • Galvan, E.P. & Sanfey, A.G. (2024). Reciprocity in ambiguous situations: Default psychological strategies underlying ambiguity-resolution in moral decision-making. PLoS One

  • She, M.H.C. & Sanfey, A.G. (2023). An experimental study of information transparency and social preferences on donation behaviors: The self-signaling model. Frontiers in Psychology.

  • Fairley, K., Vyrastekova, J., Weitzel, U. & Sanfey, A.G. (2022). Beyond lottery-evoked ambiguity aversion: the neural signature of the types and the sources of uncertainty. Neuroimage 251, 119007.

  • Micheli, L., Stallen. M. & Sanfey, A.G. (2021). The effect of centralized financial and social incentives on cooperative behavior and its underlying neural mechanisms. Brain Sciences 11(3), 317.

  • Fenneman, A., Sickmann J., Pitz, T. & Sanfey, A.G. (2021). Two distinct and separable processes underlie individual differences in algorithm adherence: differences in predictions and differences in trust thresholds. PLoS One 16(2), e0247084.

  • Giorgetta, C., Grecucci, A., Graffeo, M., Bonini, N., Ferrario, R. & Sanfey, A.G. (2021). Expect the worst! Expectations and social interactive decision-making. Brain Sciences 11(5), 572.

  • Driessen, J.M.A., Van Baar, J., Sanfey, A.G., Glennon, J. C. & Brazil, I. A. (2021). Moral strategies and psychopathic traits. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 130(5), 550-561.

  • Lapomarda, G., Pappaianni, E., Siugzdaite, R., Sanfey, A.G., Rumiati. R.I. & Grecucci, A. (2021). Out of control: An altered parieto-occipital-cerebellar network for impulsivity in bipolar disorder. Behavioural Brain Research 406, 113228.

  • Van Baar, J.M., Klaassen, F., Ricci, F., Chang, L.J. & Sanfey, A.G. (2020). Stable distribution of reciprocity motives in a population. Scientific Reports 10, 18164.

  • Ma, I., Sanfey, A.G. & Ma, W.J. (2020). The social cost of gathering information for trust decisions. Scientific Reports 10, 14073.

  • Fairley, K. & Sanfey, A.G. (2020). The role of demographics on adolescents' preferences for risk, ambiguity, and prudence. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 179, 784-796.

  • Couwenberg, L.E., Boksem, M.A.S., Sanfey, A.G. & Smidts, A. (2020). Neural mechanisms underlying diversification of choice. Frontiers in Neuroscience 14, 502.

  • Losecaat Vermeer, A., Boksem, M.A.S. & Sanfey, A.G. (2020). Third-party decision-making under risk as a function of prior gains and losses. Journal of Economic Psychology 77, 102206.

  • Chan, H.Y., Smidts, A., Schoots, V.C., Sanfey, A.G. & Boksem, M.A.S. (2020). Decoding dynamic affective responses to naturalistic videos with shared neural patterns. Neuroimage 216, 116618.

  • Fullbrunn, S., Luhan, W. & Sanfey, A.G. (2020). Current issues in decision making for others. Journal of Economic Psychology 77, 102250.

  • Grecucci, A., Giorgetta, C., Lorandini, S., Sanfey, A.G. & Bonini, N. (2020). Changing decisions by changing emotions: behavioral and physiological evidence of two emotion regulation strategies. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics 13(3), 178–189.

  • Huijsmans, I., Ma, I., Micheli, L., Civai, C., Stallen, M. & Sanfey, A.G. (2019). A scarcity mindset alters neural processing underlying consumer decision-making. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 116 (24), 11699-11704. 

  • Van Baar, J.M., Chang L.J. & Sanfey, A.G. (2019). The computational and neural substrates of moral strategies in social decision-making. Nature Communications 10, 1483.

  • Civai, C., Huijsmans, I. & Sanfey, A.G. (2019). Neurocognitive mechanisms of reactions to second- and third-party justice violations. Scientific Reports 9, 9271.

  • Fairley, F., Vyrastekova, J., Weitzel, U. & Sanfey A.G. (2019). Subjective beliefs about trust and reciprocity activate an expectedreward signal in the ventral striatum. Frontiers in Neuroscience 13, 660.

  • Gong, X., Brazil I.A., Chang, L.J. & Sanfey, A.G. (2019). Psychopathic traits are related to diminished guilt aversion and reduced trustworthiness during social decision-making. Scientific Reports 9, 7307.

  • Ratala, C.E., Fallon, S. J., van der Schaaf, M. E., ter Huurne, N., Cools, R. & Sanfey, A.G. (2019).Catecholaminergic Modulation of Trust Decisions. Psychopharmacology 236, 807.

  • Bovy, L., Möbius, M., Dresler M., Fernández, G., Sanfey, A.G., Becker, E., & Tendolkar, I. (2019). Combining attentional bias modification with dorsolateral prefrontal rTMS does not attenuate maladaptive attentional processing. Scientific Reports 9, 1168.

  • Vavra, P., Chang L.J. & Sanfey, A.G. (2018). Expectations in the Ultimatum Game: Distinct Effects of Mean and Variance of Expected Offers. Frontiers in Psychology 9, 992

  • Vermue, M., Seger, C.R. & Sanfey, A.G. (2018). Group-based biases influence learning about individual trustworthiness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 77, 36-49


  • Stallen, M., Rossi, F., Heijne, A., Smidts, A., De Dreu, C.K.W, & Sanfey, A.G. (2018). Neurobiological Mechanisms of Responding to Injustice. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38(12), 2944-2954.

  • Vavra P., van Baar J., Sanfey A.G. (2017). The Neural Basis of Fairness. In: Li M., Tracer D. (eds) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fairness, Equity, and Justice. Springer.

  • Heijne, A., Rossi, F., & Sanfey, A.G. (2017). Why we stay with our social partners: Neural mechanisms of stay/leave decision-making. Social Neuroscience 13, 667-679.

  • Stallen, M., Griffioen, N., & Sanfey, A.G. (2017). Why Are We Not More Selfish? What the Study of Brain and Behavior Can Tell Us. Frontiers for Young Minds, 5(47).

  • Gong, X., & Sanfey, A. (2017). Social rank and social cooperation: Impact of social comparison processes on cooperative decision-making. PLoS One, 4.

  • Fairley, K., Sanfey, A.G., Vyrastekova, J., & Weitzel, U. (2016). Trust and risk revisited. Journal of Economic Psychology, 57, 74-85. 

  • Losecaat Vermeer, A.B., Heerema, R. & Sanfey, A.G. (2016). Third-party cooperation: How reducing material involvement enhances contributions to the public good. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 3, 337-349. 

  • Sanfey, A.G. & Stallen, M. (2016). Neuroscience Contribution to JDM: Opportunities and Limitations. Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making.


  • Losecaat Vermeer, A.B. Heerema, R. & Sanfey, A.G. (In Press). Third-party Cooperation: How reducing material involvement enhances contributions to the public good. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


  • Losecaat Vermeer, A.B. & Sanfey, A.G. (2015). The effect of positive and negative feedback on risk-taking across different contexts. PLoS ONE, 10.


  • Stallen, M & Sanfey, A.G. (2015). The neuroscience of social conformity: implications for fundamental and applied research. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 9, 337.


  • Sanfey, A.G., Civai, C. & Vavra, P. (2015). Predicting the other in cooperative interactions. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 364-5.


  • Heijne, A. & Sanfey, A.G. (2015). How Social and Nonsocial Context Affects Stay/Leave Decision-Making: The Influence of Actual and Expected Rewards. PLoS ONE, 10(8), e0135226.


  • Mehta, P., van Son, V., Welker, K.M., Smrithi, P., Sanfey, A.G., Smidts, A. & Roelofs, K. (2015) Exogenous testosterone in women enhances and inhibits competitive decision-making depending on victory-defeat experience and trait dominance. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 60, 224-36.


  • Radke, S., Volman, I.,Mehta, P., van Son, V., Enter, D., Sanfey, A.G., Toni, I., de Bruijn, E.R.A & Roelofs, K. (2015). Testosterone biases the amygdala towards social threat approach. Science Advances, 1.


  • Harlé, K. & Sanfey, A.G. (2015). Unilateral hand contractions produce motivational biases in social economic decision-making. Neuropsychology, 29, 76.


  • Stallen, M. & Sanfey A.G. (2015). Cooperation in the Brain: Neuroscientific contributions to theory and policy. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 117-121.


  • Sanfey, A.G., Stallen, M., Chang, L.J. (2014). Norms and expectations in social decision-making. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(4), 172-174.


  • Grecucci, A., Giorgetta, C., Rattin, A., Guerreschi, C., Sanfey, A.G, Bonini, N. (2014).  Be quick or be dead. How impulsivity and time affect temporal decisions in pathological gamblers. PLoS ONE 9:e109197(10)


  • Losecaat Vermeer, A., Boksem, M.A.S., Sanfey, A.G. (2014) Neural mechanisms underlying context-dependent shifts in risk preferences. Neuroimage, 103, 355–363.


  • Smidts, A., Hsu, M., Sanfey, A.G., Boksem, M.A.S, Ebstein, R.B, Huettel, S.A, Kable, J.W., Karmarkar, U.R., Kitayama, S., Knutson, B., Liberzon, I., Lohrenz, T., Stallen, M., Yoon, C. (2014). Advancing  consumer neuroscience. Marketing Letters, 25, 257-267.


  • van Damme, E., Binmore, K. G., Roth, A. E., Samuelson, L., Winter, E., Bolton, G.E.,  Ockenfels, A., Dufwenberg, M., Kirchsteiger, G., Gneeezy, U., Kocher, M.G., Sutter, M., Sanfey, A.G., Kliemt, H., Selten, R., Nagel, R. & Azar, O.H. (2014). How Werner Güth's ultimatum game shaped our understanding of social behavior. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 108, 292-318.


  • Hytonen, K., Baltussen, G., van den Assem, M.J., Klucharev, V., Sanfey, A.G., Smidts, A. (2014). Path Dependence in Risky Choice: Affective and Deliberative Processes in Brain and Behavior. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 107, 566-581.


  • Grecucci, A. & Sanfey, A.G. (2014). Emotion regulation and decision-making. In The Handbook of Emotion Regulation 2nd Ed, edited by J.J. Gross, The Guildford Press.


  • Castelli, I., Massaro, D., Sanfey, A.G., Marchetti, A. (2014). What is fair for you? Judgments and decisions about fairness and Theory of Mind. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 11, 49-62.


  • Giorgetta, C., Grecucci, A., Rattin, A., Guerreschi, C., Sanfey, A.G, Bonini, N. (2014). To play or not to play: A personal dilemma in pathological gambling. Psychiatry Research, 219, 562-569.


  • Boksem, M.A.S., Mehta, P.H., Van den Bergh, B., van Son, V., Trautmann, S.T., Roelofs, K., Smits, A. & Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Testosterone inhibits trust but promotes reciprocity. Psychological Science, 24, 2306-2314.


  • Grecucci, A., Giorgetta, C., Bonini, N., & Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Reappraising social emotions: the role of inferior frontal gyrus, tempero-parietal junction and insula in interpersonal emotion regulation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 523.

  • Stallen, M. & Sanfey A.G. (2013). The cooperative brain. The Neuroscientist, 19, 292-303.


  • Chang, L.J. & Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Great expectations: Neural computations underlying the use of social norms in decision-making. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 8, 277–284.


  • Stallen, M., Smidts, A. & Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Peer influence: Neural mechanisms underlying in-group conformity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7.


  • Grecucci, A., Giorgetta, C., Bonini, N., & Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Living emotions, avoiding emotions: Behavioral investigation of the regulation of socially driven emotions. Frontiers in Psychology, 3.


  • Chang, L.J., Yarkoni, T., Khaw, M.W. & Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Decoding the role of the insula in human cognition: Functional parcellation and large-scale reverse inference. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 739–749.


  • Grecucci, A., Giorgetta, C., van Wout, M., Bonini, N., Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Reappraising the Ultimatum: an fMRI study of emotion regulation and decision-making. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 399–410


  • Giorgetta, C., Grecucci, A., Bonini, N., Coricelli, G., Demarchi, G., Braun, C., Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Waves of regret: A MEG study of emotion and decision-making. Neuropsychologia 51, 38-51.


  • Kvaran, T., Nichols, S. & Sanfey, A.G. (2013). The effect of analytic and experiential modes of thought on moral decision-making. In Progress in Brain Research: Decision Making: Neural and Behavioural Approaches, Vol 202, Elsevier.


  • Grecucci, A., Giorgetta, C., Brambilla, P., Zanon, S., Perini, L. Balestrieri, M. Bonini, N., Sanfey, A.G. (2013). Anxious Ultimatums. How Anxiety Affects Socio-Economic Decisions. Cognition & Emotion, 27, 230–244.


  • Stallen, M., Smidts, A., De Dreu C.K.W., Shalvi, S. & Sanfey A.G. (2012). The herding hormone: Oxytocin stimulates in-group conformity. Psychological Science, 23, 1288-1292.


  • Giorgetta, C., Grecucci, A., Zanon, S., Perini, L. Balestrieri, M. Bonini, N., Sanfey, A.G., Brambilla, P. (2012). Reduced risk-taking behaviour as a trait feature of anxiety. Emotion, 12, 1373–1383.


  • Harlé, K. & Sanfey, A.G. (2012). Social economic decision-making across the lifespan: an fMRI investigation. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1416-1424.


  • Harlé, K., Chang, L.J, van ‘t Wout, M. & Sanfey, A.G. (2012). The neural mechanisms of affect infusion in social economic decision-making: A mediating role of the Anterior Insula. NeuroImage, 61, 32-40.


  • Chang, L.J., Smith, A., Dufwenberg, M. & Sanfey, A.G. (2011). Triangulating the neural, psychological, and economic bases of moral sentiments. Neuron, 70, 560-572.


  • Rilling, J.K & Sanfey, A.G. (2011). The neuroscience of social decision-making. Annual Reviews of Psychology, 62, 23-48.


  • Castelli, I. , Marchetti, A, Harle, K. & Sanfey, A.G. (2011). Expectations and outcome: the role of proposer features in the ultimatum game. Journal of Economic Psychology 32, 446-449.


  • Van ‘t Wout, M., & Sanfey, A.G. (2011). Interactive decision-making in people with schizotypal traits: A game theory approach. Psychiatry Research, 185, 92-6.


  • Sanfey, A.G. & Rilling, J.K. (2011). Neural Bases of Social Decision Making. In Vartanian, O., & Mandel, D. R.  (Eds.) Neuroscience of decision-making. New York: Psychology Press.


  • Becker, W.J., Cropanzano, R. & Sanfey, A.G. (2011). Organizational neuroscience: taking organizational theory beyond the neural black box. Journal of Management, 37, 933-961.


  • Stallen, M., & Sanfey, A.G. (2011). Neuroeconomics and Game Theory. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.  


  • Hytonen, K., & Sanfey, A.G. (2011). Neuroeconomic insights for decision analysis. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.


  • Harle, K.M., & Sanfey, A.G. (2010). Effects of approach and withdrawal motivation on interactive economic decisions. Emotion & Cognition, 24, 1456-1465.


  • Van ‘t Wout, M., Chang, L.J., & Sanfey, A.G. (2010). The influence of emotion regulation on social interactive decision-making. Emotion, 10, 815-21.


  • Chang, L.J., Doll, B.B., Van ‘t Wout, M., Frank, M.J., & Sanfey, A.G. (2010). Seeing is believing: Trustworthiness as a dynamic belief. Cognitive Psychology, 61, 87-105.


  • Kvaran, T., & Sanfey, A.G. (2010). Towards an integrated neuroscience of morality: The contribution of neuroeconomics to moral cognition. Topics in Cognitive Science, 2, 579-595.


  • Castelli, I., Massaro, D., Sanfey, A.G. & Marchetti, A. (2010). Fairness and intentionality in children's decision-making. International Review of Economics, 57, 269-288.


  • Harlé, K.M., Allen, J.J.B. & Sanfey, A.G. (2010) The impact of depression on social economic decisions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 440-446.


  • Harlé, K.M. & Sanfey, A.G. (2010). Incidental emotion in social economic decision-making. In L.A. Perez Miranda & A. Izagirre Madariaga (Eds.) Advances in Cognitive Science: Learning, Evolution and Social Action. University of the Basque Country Press.


  • Chang, L.J. & Sanfey, A.G. (2009) Unforgettable Ultimatums? Individual differences in social memory following economic bargaining. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.


  • Sanfey, A.G. (2009). Expectations and social decision-making : biasing effects of prior knowledge on Ultimatum responses. Mind & Society, 8, 93-107


  • Doll, B.B., Jacobs, W.J., Sanfey, A.G., Frank, M.J. (2009). Instructional control of reinforcement learning:  A behavioral and neurocomputational investigation. Brain Research, 1299, 74-94.


  • Chang, L.J. & Sanfey, A.G. (2009). Emotion, Decision-Making, and the Brain. In D. Houser & K. McCabe (Eds.) Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research (Vol 20), Neuroeconomics. Macmillan.


  • Frank, M.J., Cohen, M.X., Sanfey, A.G. (2009). Multiple systems in decision-making:  A neurocomputational perspective. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 73 – 77.


  • Rilling, J.K. & Sanfey, A.G. (2009). Social interaction. In L. Squire et al. (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Elsevier.


  • Van ’t Wout  M. & Sanfey, A.G. (2008). Friend or Foe: The effect of implicit trustworthiness judgments in social decision-making. Cognition, 108, 796-803.


  • Rilling, J.K., King-Casas, B., Sanfey, A.G. (2008). The neurobiology of social decision-making. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 18,159-65.


  • Sanfey, A.G & Dorris, M. (2008). Games in humans and non-human primates: Scanners to single units. In P. Glimcher et al. (Eds.) Neuroeconomics: Decision-Making and the Brain. Academic Press.


  • Pochon, J.B., Riis, J., Sanfey, A.G., Nystrom L.E., Cohen, J.D. (2008) Functional Imaging of Decision Conflict. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 3468-3473.


  • Sanfey, A.G & Chang, L.J. (2008). Multiple systems in decision-making. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1128, 53-62.


  • Tesch, A.D. & Sanfey, A.G (2008). Models and methods in delay discounting. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1128, 90-94


  • Marchetti, A., Castelli, I., Sanfey, A.G. (2008). Teoria della Mente e decisione in ambito economico: un contributo empirico. In Antonietti, A., Balconi, M. (Eds). Psicoeconomia – Neuroeconomia. Bologna:  il Mulino.


  • Sanfey, A.G. (2007). Social decision-making: Insights from Game Theory and Neuroscience. Science, 318, 598-602.


  • Sanfey, A.G. (2007). Decision Neuroscience: new directions in studies of judgment and decision-making. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 16, 151-155.


  • Harlé, K. & Sanfey, A.G. (2007). Incidental sadness biases social economic decisions in the Ultimatum Game. Emotion, 7, 876-881.


  • Scheres, A. & Sanfey, A.G. (2006). Individual differences in decision-making: drive and reward responsiveness affects strategic bargaining in economic games. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 2, 35.


  • Sanfey, A.G., Loewenstein, G., Cohen, J.D. & McClure, S.M. (2006). Neuroeconomics: Cross-currents in research on decision-making. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10, 108-116.


  • Hastie, R. & Sanfey, A.G. (2006). Decision making. In E. Smith and S. Kosslyn (Eds.) Cognitive Psychology: Mind and Brain. Prentice Hall.


  • Van ’t Wout, M., Kahn, R.S., Sanfey, A.G. & Aleman, A. (2006). Affective state and decision-making in the Ultimatum Game, Experimental Brain Research, 169, 564-568.


  • Wood, R.M., Rilling J.K., Sanfey, A.G., Bhagwagar, Z. & Rogers,R.D. (2006). The effects of tryptophan depletion on the performance of an iterated Prisoner's game in healthy adults. Neuropsychopharmacology, 1-10.


  • Van ’t Wout, M., Kahn, R.S., Sanfey, A.G. & Aleman, A. (2005). rTMS over the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex affects strategic decision making, NeuroReport, 16, 1849-52.


  • Sanfey, A.G., Rilling, J.K., Aronson J.A., Nystrom L.E., Cohen, J.D. (2005). Economic decision-making. In J. Cacciopo and G. Berntson (Eds.) Social Neuroscience. New York, NY: Psychology Press.


  • Sanfey, A.G. & Cohen, J.D. (2004). Is knowing always feeling? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 101, 16709-16710.           


  • Sanfey, A.G. (2004). Neural computations of decision utility. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8, 519-521.           


  • Rilling, J.K., Sanfey, A.G., Aronson J.A., Nystrom L.E., Cohen, J.D. (2004). Opposing BOLD responses to reciprocated and unreciprocated altruism in putative reward pathways. NeuroReport, 15, 2539-2243.


  • Yeung, N.P. &  Sanfey, A.G. (2004). Independent coding of reward magnitude and valence in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 6258-6264.


  • Rilling, J.K., Sanfey, A.G., Aronson J.A., Nystrom L.E., Cohen, J.D. (2004). The neural correlates of theory of mind within interpersonal interactions. NeuroImage, 22, 1694-1703.


  • Sanfey, A.G., Rilling, J.K., Aronson J.A., Nystrom L.E., Cohen, J.D. (2003). The neural basis of economic decision making in the Ultimatum Game. Science, 300, 1755-1758.


  • Sanfey, A.G., Hastie, R., Colvin, M. K., & Grafman, J. (2003). Phineas gauged: Decision-making and the frontal lobes. Neuropsychologia, 41, 1218-1229.


  • Sanfey, A.G. & Hastie, R. (2002). Inter-event relationships and judgment under uncertainty:  Structure determines strategy. Memory & Cognition, 30, 921-33.


  • Sanfey, A.G. & Hastie, R. (2000). Judgment and decision making across the adult life span: A tutorial review of psychological research. In D. Park and N. Schwarz (Eds.) Aging and Cognition: A Primer. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.


  • Sanfey, A. & Hastie, R. (1998). Does evidence presentation format affect judgment? An experimental evaluation of five displays of data for judgments. Psychological Science, 9, 99-103.


Invited Colloquia and Conference Talks

  • Apr 2022, Advances in Affect and Politics, Royal Dutch Academy, The Netherlands

  • Feb 2022, University College Dublin, Ireland

  • Nov 2021, Dag van het gedrag, Behavioural Insights Nederland

  • Oct 2021, Political Science Department, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Sep 2021, Digital Futures Workshop, KTH Stockholm, Sweden

  • Jun 2021, CogniTalks, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Jun 2021, Universiteit Nederland

  • Feb 2021, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

  • Oct 2020, Radboud Reflects, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • May 2020, Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • Feb, 2020, University College London, London, UK 

  • Aug, 2019, Society for Probability, Uncertainty, and Decision-Making annual meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Jun, 2019, Breakthrough Dialogue, Sausalito, USA

  • Jun, 2019, Umea University, Sweden

  • Jun, 2019, Interdisciplinary Symposium on Decision Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, USA

  • Apr, 2019, NIMBioS workshop on social norms, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

  • Mar, 2019, German Neuroscience Society, Goettingen, Germany

  • Jul, 2018, Decision-making for Others symposium, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • Jun, 2018, Frontiers in Social Neuroscience symposium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • May, 2018, Society for Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics annual meeting (keynote), Zurich, Switzerland

  • May, 2018, Center for Brain and Cognition, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

  • Apr, 2018, Neuroeconomics symposium, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

  • Apr, 2018, Social Psychology colloquium, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Apr, 2018, Science Café Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • Oct, 2017, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Jul, 2017, Social Minds, Social Brains pre-conference at European Association of Social Psychology (keynote), Granada, Spain

  • May, 2017, Department of Economics, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • May, 2017, Science Café Wageningen, The Netherlands

  • Apr, 2017, Brain and Cognition colloquium, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Feb, 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston, USA

  • Dec, 2016, University of Glasgow, UK

  • Nov, 2016, International conference on Neuroeconomics, Zheijang University, China 

  • May, 2016, Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods colloquium, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

  • Apr, 2016, 2nd Biannual meeting of European PhD students in Neuroscience, Grenoble, France

  • Dec, 2015, Financial Education and Investor Behavior Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Nov, 2015, Economics and Psychology conference, Dublin, Ireland

  • Oct, 2015, Morality and Emotion symposium, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Sep, 2015, Social Neuroscience meeting, Graz, Austria

  • Jul, 2015, European Congress of Psychology, Milan, Italy

  • Jun, 2015, ESRC workshop on Behavioral Science, University of Stirling, Scotland

  • Jun, 2015, Dusseldorf Symposium on Decision Neuroscience, Dusseldorf, Germany

  • Mar, 2015, International Convention on Psychological Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Jan, 2015, Duke University, Durham, USA

  • Sep, 2014, Young Neuroscientists Symposium (keynote), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

  • Sep, 2014, Collective Intentionality IX, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

  • Jun, 2014, HBM Satellite Symposium on Social Neuroscience, Marburg, Germany

  • May, 2014. European Society for Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, Dortmund, Germany.

  • Apr, 2014. World Congress on Brain, Behavior and Emotions, Montréal, Canada.

  • Jan, 2014. Zangwill Colloquium, University of Cambridge.

  • Jun, 2013. Invitational Choice symposium, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

  • Jun, 2013. Dialogues on action symposium, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

  • May, 2013. TEDx RadboudU, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

  • May, 2013. Union College, Schenectady, USA.

  • Apr, 2013. USC Workshop on Game Theory and Human Behavior, Los Angeles, USA.

  • Apr, 2013. ‘In control’ symposium, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

  • Apr, 2013. Department of Marketing, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

  • Mar, 2013. Caltech-Tamagawa Workshop on Reward and Decision-Making, Hawaii, USA.

  • Jan, 2013. Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

  • Oct, 2012. BergamoScienza Science Festival, Bergamo, Italy

  • Jun, 2012. European Society for Consumer Psychology, Florence, Italy

  • Jun, 2012. HBM Satellite Symposium on Social and Affective Neuroscience, Beijing, China

  • May, 2012. Neuroeconomics workshop, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

  • Apr, 2012. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Mar, 2012. University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Feb, 2012. University of Oxford, UK

  • Dec, 2011. International Conference on Decision-Making, University of Allahabad, India

  • Nov, 2011. VSPA symposium in (Ir)rationality, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Nov, 2011. Workshop on Foundations of Moral Preferences, University of Oslo, Norway,

  • Nov, 2011. SISSA, Trieste, Italy

  • Sep, 2011. Workshop on Trust and Cooperation in Global Governance, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany

  • Jan, 2011. Judgment & Decision-Making preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting, San Antonio, TX

  • Jan, 2011. Claremont College, Claremont, CA

  • Nov, 2010. Social Cognitive Neuroscience Symposium, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

  • Oct, 2010. ASPO Symposium (keynote), University of Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Sep, 2010. Berlin Decision Neuroscience Workshop, MPI-Berlin, Germany

  • Sep, 2010. International Association for Research in Economic Psychology annual meeting, Cologne, Germany

  • Sep, 2010. Department of Economics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • Jun, 2010. Nobel symposium, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Jun, 2010. University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

  • Jun, 2010. Summer School in Neuroeconomics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Apr, 2010. Mind lecture series annual speaker, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

  • Feb, 2010. International workshop on Cognitive Science (keynote), San Sebastian, Spain

  • Dec, 2009. Neuroeconomics symposium (keynote), Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

  • Sep, 2009. TIBER symposium (keynote), University of Tilburg, Netherlands

  • Aug, 2009. SPUDM (keynote), University of Trento, Italy 

  • Jul, 2009. Psychoeconomics seminar, University of Konstanz, Germany 

  • Apr, 2009. International conference on the neural basis of decision-making, Groesbeek, The Netherlands

  • Mar, 2009. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

  • Feb, 2009. Emotion preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting, Tampa, FL

  • Dec, 2008. FIIP VI (keynote), Lisbon, Portugal

  • Dec, 2008. International conference on Neuroeconomics and Neuromanagement (keynote), Zheijang University, China

  • Nov, 2008. NIDA mini-convention, Washington, DC

  • Oct, 2008. Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

  • Oct, 2008. Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

  • Jun, 2008. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

  • May, 2008. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

  • Feb, 2008. FC Donders Center, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • Oct, 2007. Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • May, 2007. Behavioral Science conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • Apr, 2007. New York University, New York, NY

  • Mar, 2007. Center for Mind and Brain Symposium, Mattarello, Italy

  • Mar, 2007. University of Trento, Trento, Italy

  • Jan, 2007. Emotion and Cognition in Decision-Making workshop (keynote), Rovereto, Italy

  • Jan, 2007. Mind and Brain workshop (keynote), Sapporo, Japan

  • Jul, 2006. Summer School in Neuroeconomics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

  • Jun, 2006. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

  • Jun, 2006. University of Trento, Trento, Italy

  • Feb, 2006. Risk communication symposium, Montauk, NY

  • Feb, 2006. Annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, St Louis, MO

  • Nov, 2005. Annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Toronto, Canada


  • Aug, 2005. Betty Behrens symposium, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England.


  • Apr, 2005. Social Cognitive Neuroscience annual meeting, New York, NY.


  • Mar, 2005. Columbia University, New York, NY.


  • Jun, 2004. Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.


  • Nov, 2003. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.


  • Oct, 2003. University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


  • Feb, 2003. Third Interdisciplinary Workshop on Decision Making, Tucson, AZ.


  • Oct, 2002. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.


  • Apr, 2002. Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.


  • Nov, 2001. Annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Orlando, FL.


  • Apr, 2001. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.


  • Mar, 2001. Brown University, Providence, RI.


  • Dec, 2000. University College London, London, England.


  • Nov, 2000. Annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, New Orleans, LA.



Professional Service


Past-President, Society for Neuroeconomics

Associate Editor, Cortex

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience

Editorial Board, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics

Editorial Board, Games


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  • National Science Foundation

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  • Psychological Bulletin

  • Cognition

  • Memory & Cognition

  • NeuroImage

  • Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Science

  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Quarterly Review of Biology

  • Journal of Behavioral Decision Making

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  • Proceedings of the Royal Society

  • Mind & Society

  • Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience

  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Social Neuroscience

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