In Brains We Trust: How neuroeconomists stylize trust, the brain and the social world

    Research output: PhD ThesisPhD-Thesis – Research and graduation external


    During the first decade of the twenty-first century, "neuroeconomics" saw the light of day. In this new field of research, economists and psychologists join forces with neuroscientists to unravel the nature of economic and social decision-making. Among the objects they investigate is a crucial element of, allegedly, all social interaction: trust.

    This dissertation analyses the ways in which neuroeconomics stylizes trust, how, in the process, sociality en human nature are conceptualized in neuroeconomics, and why the results of neuroeconomic research should or should not be trusted. The sociological and philosophical approach to science pioneered by Ludwik Fleck provides the basic framework for this.

    It is argued that neuroeconomics owes its force more to the density of connections of the network it is part of, than to its own independent solidity or to the unassailability of any of its individual components.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Amsterdam
    • de Vries, G.H., Supervisor, External person
    Award date24 Oct 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • STS
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Neuroscience
    • Interdisciplinarity
    • Ludwik Fleck
    • Style
    • Neuroeconomics


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