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Peter obtained his degree in Physics at Vienna's University of Technology in Austria. For his master thesis project, he worked at the Medical University of Vienna with Prof Stefan Thurner. The project demonstrated a novel random matrix approach to analyzing high-frequency functional magnetic resonance imaging data.
After obtaining his physics degree, he enrolled in the Middle-European Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Master Programme at the Univeristy of Vienna. For his master thesis project, he went to the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he investigated how we form impressions of groups with Prof Tom Postmes.
In 2012, he joined the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory as a PhD candidate at the Behavioural Science Institute and the Donders Institute of the Radboud University.
He currently investigates how our expectations shape our notions of fairness, revealed through our decisions in social interactions. For this, he combines behavioural experiments with brain imaging techniques such as fMRI in order to investigate the psychological factors and their underlying brain mechanisms. Using economic modeling techniques, he tries to create biologically-based computational models of social decision-making.