C L A U D I A C I V A I
I am a cognitive neuroscientist, and, currently, a post-doctoral fellow at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour – Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN), Radboud University – Nijmegen (The Netherlands). My research is supported by a Radboud Excellence Initiative individual fellowship.
I got my PhD in Italy, at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS) in Trieste, where I investigated the cognitive and neural basis of inequality perception in the Ultimatum Game. Then I moved to the U.S., at the Department of Economics of the University of Minnesota, where I investigated the relationship between time discounting preferences and individual differences.
Here at the Donders Institute, my research focuses on the cognitive and neural basis of costly altruistic responses to norm violation.
The aim of my current and future research is to identify the mechanisms underlying socio-economic decision-making processes, in order to understand, and subsequently modulate, behavioural outcomes (i.e., choices), and offer material for evidence-based social policies. Both experimental psychology and neuroscience are powerful approaches to achieve this ultimate goal.