Colin F. Camerer

Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Economics
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Dr. Camerer’s main research interests are to link mathematical models of emotional and subjective valuation, conflict resolution, and action states to brain activity, particularly in social interactions. For example, human frustration can be defined numerically as a surprising downgrade from an expected reward to a lower level of best-possible reward. If the reward reduction is caused by another person, that person’s motives and intentions are hypothesized to affect blame, felt frustration, and possible punishment. Other interests include linking neural variables which cause choice to field data, such as identification of habitual versus deliberative goal-directed choice in consumer shopping data. He is a Co-Principal Investigator for the Conte Center Project 3, Social Inference and Threat along with Principal Investigator, Dr. Mobbs. In this project, psychological game theory will be used to hypothesize numerical levels of threat, and how “threat level” is affected by group membership and protection.