Center for Economics and Neuroscience

The Center for Economics and Neuroscience ( CENs ) is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Bonn.


It was founded in 2009 by Zülch Prize winner Christian E. Elger, Leibniz prize winner Armin Falk, Martin Reuter and Heisenberg Professor Bernd Weber, who set themselves the goal, internationally to provide a platform for the neuroeconomics within Germany box and and interdisciplinary work to promote.

The CENs combines the knowledge and methods of neuroscience, behavioral genetics, psychology and empirical economic research to expand the understanding of human behavior, especially in economically relevant contexts.


The CENs is a central scientific institution of the University of Bonn and has access to the scientific institutions of the contributing institutions, their use can be combined arbitrarily.

This includes the Laboratory for Experimental Economics to conduct computer-based behavioral experiments with up to 24 participants simultaneously, two magnetic resonance imaging for interacting behavioral experiments with functional imaging as well as a biomolecular laboratory for genotyping various polymorphisms.

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