P E R S O N A L

DECISION NEUROSCIENCE

P E R S O N A L

ABOUT ME
 

Alan Sanfey is a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Previously he held positions as Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona, and as a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. He holds a Ph.D. and Masters Degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado, and an undergraduate honors degree in Psychology from University College Dublin, Ireland.

He currently heads the Decision Neuroscience group at the Donders Institute, and his research utilizes a novel approach to the study of both individual and interactive decision-making by combining the methods of behavioral experiments, functional neuroimaging, and formal economic models. Examining sophisticated high-level behavior at a neural level, such as deciding on how much risk to take with an investment or deciding on a strategy when playing a competitive game with an opponent, can provide important clues as to the fundamental mechanisms by which decision-making operates.

 

A further goal of his group is to use the knowledge gleaned from these studies to inform public policy debates, for example in understanding how expectations play a role in financial, environmental and health-care decisions. He has published his work extensively in leading international journals across several fields (Psychology, Neuroscience, Economics and Business). His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the European Research Council. He is native of Dublin, Ireland, and when not in the lab enjoys travelling and outdoor pursuits such as football, running, biking (living in the Netherlands is a good place for these), as well as hiking, skiing and mountaineering (however not so good for these - though the mountains aren’t too far away). 

USA (Sausalito)
USA (Sausalito)

June 2019

USA (Great Smoky Mtn NP)
USA (Great Smoky Mtn NP)

April 2019

USA (Seattle, Mt. Rainier)
USA (Seattle, Mt. Rainier)

June 2018

Nepal (Kathmandu, Annapurna)
Nepal (Kathmandu, Annapurna)

Oct 2017

Luxembourg (Vianden)
Luxembourg (Vianden)

Jul 2017

USA (Boston)
USA (Boston)

Feb 2017

USA (New York)
USA (New York)

Apr 2016

USA (Arizona)
USA (Arizona)

Nov 2015

Scotland (Edinburgh)
Scotland (Edinburgh)

Jun 2015

USA (Hawaii)
USA (Hawaii)

Mar 2013

Italy (Trieste)
Italy (Trieste)

Nov 2011

Italy (Verona)
Italy (Verona)

Mar 2010

USA (Utah)
USA (Utah)

Jan 2006

Morocco (Marrakech, Jebl Toubkal)
Morocco (Marrakech, Jebl Toubkal)

November 2018

USA (Washington DC)
USA (Washington DC)

June 2019

Switzerland (Zurich)
Switzerland (Zurich)

May 2018

Ireland (Wicklow)
Ireland (Wicklow)

Aug 2017

Italy (Tuscany)
Italy (Tuscany)

Apr 2017

China (Shanghai, Lijiang)
China (Shanghai, Lijiang)

Nov 2016

France (Chamonix)
France (Chamonix)

Apr 2016

USA (Chicago)
USA (Chicago)

Oct 2015

Belgium (Ardennes)
Belgium (Ardennes)

Apr 2015

Italy (Florence)
Italy (Florence)

Jun 2012

Denmark (Copenhagen)
Denmark (Copenhagen)

Jun 2010

Spain (San Sebastian)
Spain (San Sebastian)

Feb 2010

Ecuador
Ecuador

Dec 2004

Sweden (Umea)
Sweden (Umea)

June 2019

Italy (Cortina)
Italy (Cortina)

July 2018

Spain (Barcelona)
Spain (Barcelona)

May 2018

Spain (Granada)
Spain (Granada)

Jul 2017

Spain (Valencia)
Spain (Valencia)

Mar 2017

USA (California)
USA (California)

Aug 2016

Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)

Dec 2015

Austria (Graz, Salzburg)
Austria (Graz, Salzburg)

Sep 2015

Italy (Aosta)
Italy (Aosta)

Feb 2015

India (Delhi, Varanasi)
India (Delhi, Varanasi)

Dec 2011

Italy (Venice)
Italy (Venice)

Mar 2010

India (Ladakh)
India (Ladakh)

Aug 2006

Japan
Japan

Jun 2002

Italy (Sesto)
Italy (Sesto)

August 2019

Italy (Sicily)
Italy (Sicily)

November 2019

Germany (Berlin)
Germany (Berlin)

July 2019