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D03

D03: Conceptual representation in social cognition: frame-theoretical representation of “social partner”

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Funding period: 01.07.2015 – 30.06.2019

Project D03 focusses on abstract concepts in social cognition, investigating conceptual representations in animals. An agent may perceive someone else either as a social partner, as a competitor, or as a non-social object. D03 investigates the conditions under which social agents conceive of others as ‘partners’, and what can thereby be inferred on the nature and representation of the abstract concept. Since animal models allow for better standardization than human studies, D03 uses rats as model organisms. With the help of a rat model of prosocial choice, D03 will characterize the nature of the conceptual representation of ‘partner’ during social interactions.

Project proposal: [ pdf ]

Head of the project

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kalenscher
Comparative Psychology
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1
40225, Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 211 81-11607
Email: Tobias.Kalenscher@hhu.de

Staff

Lisa-Maria Schönfeld
Tel.: +49 211 81-15154
Email: lisa-maria.schoenfeld@hhu.de

Former staff

Anton Ilango
Email: anton.ilango@hhu.de

Julien Hernandez-Lallement
Email: julien.her@gmail.com

2017

Hernandez-Lallement J, van Wingerden M, Kalenscher T (2017) Towards an animal model of callousness. Neurosci Biobehav Rev.
Download: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0149763416301245

Hernandez-Lallement J, van Wingerden M, Schable S, Kalenscher T (2017) A Social Reinforcement Learning Hypothesis of Mutual Reward Preferences in Rats. Curr Top Behav Neurosci 30:159-176.
Download: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/7854_2016_436

2016

Hernandez-Lallement J, van Wingerden M, Schable S, Kalenscher T (2016) Basolateral amygdala lesions abolish mutual reward preferences in rats. Neurobiol Learn Mem 127:1-9.
Download: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1074742715002063

Oberließen L, Hernandez-Lallement J, Schäble S, van Wingerden M, Seinstra M, Kalenscher T (2016) Inequity aversion in rats, Rattus norvegicus. Anim Behav 115:157-166.
Download: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347216000828

2015

Hernandez-Lallement J, Van Wingerden M, Marx C, Srejic M, Kalenscher T (2015) Rats prefer mutual rewards in a prosocial choice task. Frontiers in Neuroscience 8:1-9.
Download: journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnins.2014.00443/full

2017

Lunteren (NL), 2017. Dutch Neuroscience Meeting 2017. Host: Erno Hermans. Title: Psychoneuroendocrinological influences on decision making and social preferences

Gmunden (AT), 2017. Keynote speaker at the NeuroIS Retreat 2017. Host: René Riedl. Title: Why do we need animals to understand economic decision making?

Trier (D), 2017. Psychologie und Gehirn. Host: Frank Krüger. Title: The amygdala and its influence on social behavior in rats (talk by Lisa Schönfeld)

Potsdam (D), 2017. Sino-German Frontiers of Science Symposium 2017. Host: Humboldt Foundation. Title: Comparative Psychology

Nijmegen (NL), 2017. TNU Seminars @Donders. Host: Mike X Cohen. Title: Psychological and neural basis of inequity aversion in rats

Lübeck (D), 2017. 2nd Meeting on Perspectives in Social Neuroscience – Social Interaction from Rodents to Humans. Host: Sören Krach. Title: Psychological and neural basis of inequity aversion in rats

Maastricht (NL), 2017. Research Colloquium Maastricht. Host: Arno Riedl. Title: Neural and psychopharmacological underpinnings of social discounting

2016

Hangzhou (China), 2016. International Conference on Neuroeconomics and Neuromanagement. Host: Qingguo Ma. Title: Behavioral and neural antecedents of inequity aversion.

St. Andrews (UK), 2016. Motivation and Cognitive Control Symposium. Host: Martin O’Neill. Title: Behavioral and neural basis of inequity aversion in rats.

Delmenhorst, 2016. Social Neuroscience Workshop at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg. Host: Jean-Claude Dreher. Title: Neuroendocrine modulators of social discounting.

Lübeck, 2016. Lübeck University. Host: Soyoung Park. Title: How stress influences thinking and decision making.

Zürich (CH), 2016. Talk at the Department of Economics. Host: Philippe Tobler. Title: Behavioral and neural basis of inequity aversion in rats.

Berlin, 2016. Psychologie und Gehirn. Host: Hauke Heekeren. Title: Neuroendocrine modulators of social disocunting.

Krakau (PL), 2016. Neuronus Meeting. Host: Barbara Fryzel. Title: Behavioral and neural basis of inequity aversion in rats.

Weggis (CH), 2016. Decision Making in Wealth and Health. Host: Peter Pühringer. Title: How stress influences thinking and decision-making.

2015

Miami (USA), 2015. Meeting of the Society for Neuroeconomics. Host: The Society for Neuroeconomics / Cami Kuhnen. Title: Basolateral amygdala lesions abolish mutual reward preference in rats