Call for Applications, Summer School In Social Neuroscience & Neuroeconomics

Many financial and social decisions made throughout life can powerfully influence health outcomes across the life course. To address these issues, two multidisciplinary areas of life-span research have emerged in recent years: neuroeconomics and social neuroscience. Despite the promise of these areas, unfortunately it remains rare for individual institutions to provide truly multidisciplinary training opportunities in either neuroeconomics or social neuroscience. The primary goal of The Summer School in Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics is to provide attendees with a broad base of knowledge and skills from the many subfields within neuroeconomics and social neuroscience. Another goal is to begin to bring together the neuroeconomics and social neuroscience communities for an even more integrative approach. To better understand the predictors of and strategies for optimizing health and well being across adulthood and into old age, scientific life-span research will need to continue to further integrate approaches, evidence, and theories from multiple disciplines given the multi-dimensional contributions to long-term health and well being. We hope that all who attend the school will work collectively toward achieving these goals.

We design a unique curriculum we hope will be both edifying and engaging to students. The first day will comprise an introduction to the history and foundations of social neuroscience and neuroeconomics, each of the following 4 days will focus on a theme, and the final day will be a group activity.

We expect to be able to support about 36 trainees to attend the summer school, and believe one major benefit of this format is that attendees will have the chance to interact with each other and the summer school faculty in an informal and friendly setting.

There is no cost to attend the school; registration and lodging will be provided for all attendees. There are limited funds available to partially offset travel expenses available on a competitive basis (more information will be provided after you submit an application). The summer school is primarily funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging and partially supported by the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging, the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science, and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. The school is directed by Molly Crockett, Gregory Samanez-Larkin, Jamil Zaki, and Kendra Seaman (Assc Director) and the advisory board includes Paul Glimcher, Kevin Ochsner, Liz Phelps, and Antonio Rangel.

Applications are now open. The deadline for full consideration is December 15, 2018. Decisions will be emailed in January 2019.

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There is no cost to attend the school; registration and lodging will be provided for all attendees. There are limited funds available to offset travel expenses (more information will be provided if you are admitted this year).

This year, participation in the International Symposium on Decision Neuroscience will be included with summer school. Lodging and conference registration will also be covered for those attending the conference on Friday and Saturday. All are encouraged to stay for the conference.

Priority will be given to individuals with research programs currently focused on improving health and well being in old age or who have plans to extend their work into this area. Individuals from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are hesitant to apply because travel is complicated while you have an infant or small children, we will do everything we can to accommodate you. If there is interest, we will provide child care during the days and can provide space and time during the events for nursing and/or other childcare-related activities. If needed, we can express ship your pumped milk home to an infant using Milk Stork.

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