II. The role of emotions in decision making. Affective processes play a critical role in decision-making, from a fast modulation of information processing, to long-term effects on planning. Instead of dismissing emotions as irrational factors in the decision making, we study how they influence the decision making process. We particularly investigate how induced emotions change decisions under risk.
III. Neural mechanism of social influence and persuasion. Our decisions are affected not only by objective information about the available options but also by other people. Recent brain imaging studies have adopted the cognitive neuroscience approach for studying the neural mechanisms of social influence. A number of studies have shown that social influence is associated with neural activity in the medial prefrontal cortex and ventral striatum, which are two brain areas involved in the fundamental and not exclusively social mechanisms of performance monitoring. Therefore, the neural mechanisms of social influence could be deeply integrated into our general neuronal performance-monitoring mechanisms.
IV. Neural mechanisms for Fake News propagation. New technologies enable a fast dissemination of false information, which imitates real news (Fake News). In this project, we investigate the neurobiological mechanisms of the multimodal processing of Fake News and the neural mechanisms underling various persuasive manipulations of the processing of Real News. The project uses the 'inter-subjects correlation' method to study neural activity of groups of people.
V. Perception of the urban environment. The social life of many people concentrates in cities. We study human perception of the urban environment, the effects of the environment on the human brain (neuro-urban studies) and the influence of different elements of the environment on cognitive processes. The project primarily focuses on studying the effect of greening on human brain, neural processing of green urban areas. project is being carried out jointly with the St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
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