The DN research group is part of the Decision Neuroscience Research Group at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). The aim of the research in this group is to improve our understanding of the neurobiological foundations for preference formation and value-based decision making. This is done by bridging the traditional disciplinary borders between economics/marketing, psychology and cognitive neuroscience. One of the primary aims of this group is to work on value-based decision making that model or directly employ real-life decision making situations. Much research is done to test how information (odours, sounds, speech, language) can influence expectations, preference formation, and decision making behaviours. By studying decisions during neuroimaging, we are aiming at better understanding the dynamic interactions between positive and negative emotions in the calculation of rewards.
The DM group employs two particular experimental methods. At the CBS, the group has established a testing facility for behavioural experiments, including physiological measures such as GSR and eye-tracking. Much of the groups work uses functional neuroimaging, in particular fMRI, in healthy subjects.
Selected publications (2009):
Ramsøy TZ & Skov M (2010) How genes make up your mind – Individual biological differences and value-based decisions. Journal of Economic Psychology 31 (5), 818-831.
Ramsøy, T.Z. & Skov, M. The insentience of brand equity - Two studies of consciousness and brands. Conference on Neuroeconomics/NeuroPsychoEconomics 2010. Copenhagen (June 1, 2010) – Award for Best Session Paper and Best Conference Paper
Vestergaard M, Madsen KS, Baaré WF, Skimminge A, Ejersbo LR, Ramsøy TZ, Gerlach C, Åkeson P, Paulson OB, Jernigan TL (2010) White Matter Microstructure in Superior Longitudinal Fasciculus Associated with Spatial Working Memory Performance in Children. J Cogn Neurosci. 2010 Oct 22;
Skov, M. & Ramsøy T.Z. Effects of sound predictability on first impressions of novel brand logos. ICORIA 2010. Madrid (June 25-26, 2010)
Skov, M. & Ramsøy, T.Z. Level of perceptual expectedness influences the preference for novel brand logos. Conference on Neuroeconomics/NeuroPsychoEconomics 2010. Copenhagen (June 1, 2010)
Erritzøe D, Frøkjaer VG, Christoffersen MV, Baaré W, Ramsøy TZ, Svarer C, Jernigan TL, Knudsen GM (2011 in press) In vivo imaging of cerebral serotonin transporter and 5-HT2A receptor binding in MDMA and hallucinogen users. Archives of General Psychiatry.
Ponseti J, Granert O, Jansen O, Wolff S, Mehdorn H, Bosinski H, Siebner H Assessment of sexual orientation using the hemodynamic brain response to visual sexual stimuli. J Sex Med. 2009 Jun ; 6(6): 1628-34
Siebner HR, Hartwigsen G, Kassuba T, Rothwell JC. How does transcranial magnetic stimulation modify neuronal activity in the brain? Implications for studies of cognition. Cortex. 2009 Oct ; 45(9): 1035-42
Furmark, T., Henningsson, S., Appel, L., Ahs, F., Linnman, C., Pissiota, A., Faria, V., Oreland, L., Bani, M., Pich, E.M., Eriksson, E., & Fredrikson, M. Genotype over-diagnosis in amygdala responsiveness: affective processing in social anxiety disorder. J Psychiatry Neurosci, 34, 30-40.
Furmark, T., Appel, L., Henningsson, S., Ahs, F., Faria, V., Linnman, C., Pissiota, A., Frans, O., Bani, M., Bettica, P., Pich, E.M., Jacobsson, E., Wahlstedt, K., Oreland, L., Långström, B., Eriksson, E., & Fredrikson, M. A link between serotonin-related gene polymorphisms, amygdala activity, and placebo-induced relief from social anxiety. J Neurosci., 28, 13066-13074.
Henningsson, S., Borg, J., Lundberg, J., Bah, J., Lindström, M., Ryding, E.,Jovanovic, H., Saijo, T., Inoue, M., Rosén, I., Träskman-Bendz, L., Farde, L., & Eriksson, E. Genetic variation in brainderived neurotrophic factor is associated with serotonin transporter but not serotonin-1A receptor availability in men. Biol Psychiatry, 66, 477-485.
Kirk, U., Skov, M., Hulme, O., Christensen, M.S., & Zeki, S. Modulation of aesthetic value by semantic context: An fMRI study. Neuroimage, 44, 1125-1132.
Kirk, U., Skov, M., Christensen, M.S. & Nygaard, N. Brain correlates of aesthetic expertise: A parametric fMRI study. Brain and Cognition, 69, 306-315.
Ramsøy, T.Z., Liptrot, M.G., Skimminge, A., Lund, T.E., Sidaros, K., Christensen, M.S., Baaré, W, Paulson, O.B., & Jernigan, T.L. Regional activation of the human medial temporal lobe during intentional encoding of objects and positions.Neuroimage, 47, 1863-1872
Skov, M. & Vartanian, O. (Eds.). Neuroaesthetics. Amityville, N.Y.: Baywood.
Smith, V., Søndergaard, M.O., Clement, J., Møgelvang-Hansen, P., Selsøe Sørensen, H., & Gabrielsen, G. Fair Speak : Scenarier for vildledning på det danske fødevaremarked. København: Ex Tuto Publishing.
Skov, M. The pleasure of art. In M. Kringelbach & K. Berridge (Eds.), Pleasures of the brain (pp.270-283). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Skov, M. & Vartanian, O. Introduction: What is neuroaesthetics? In M. Skov & O. Vartanian (Eds.), Neuroaesthetics (pp. 1-7). Amityville, N.Y.: Baywood.
Skov, M. Neuroaesthetic problems: A framework for neuroaesthetic research. In M. Skov & O.Vartanian (Eds.), Neuroaesthetics (pp. 9-26). Amityville, N.Y.: Baywood.
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