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Studying the neurobiology of social interaction with transcranial direct current stimulation--The example of punishing unfairness


Knoch, D; Nitsche, M A; Fischbacher, U; Eisenegger, C; Pascual-Leone, A; Fehr, Ernst (2008). Studying the neurobiology of social interaction with transcranial direct current stimulation--The example of punishing unfairness. Cerebral Cortex, 18(9):1987-1990.

Abstract

Studying social behavior often requires the simultaneous interaction of many subjects. As yet, however, no painless, noninvasive brain stimulation tool existed that allowed the simultaneous affection of brain processes in many interacting subjects. Here we show that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can overcome these limits. We apply right prefrontal cathodal tDCS and show that subjects’ propensity to punish unfair behavior is reduced significantly.

Studying social behavior often requires the simultaneous interaction of many subjects. As yet, however, no painless, noninvasive brain stimulation tool existed that allowed the simultaneous affection of brain processes in many interacting subjects. Here we show that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can overcome these limits. We apply right prefrontal cathodal tDCS and show that subjects’ propensity to punish unfair behavior is reduced significantly.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:14 Nov 2008 07:58
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:32
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1047-3211
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1093/cercor/bhm237
PubMed ID:18158325
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-5007

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