Galileo Science Cafe:Toward a Model of Interpersonal Trust Drawn from Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics
Feb 4, 2021, 6:45 - 9:00 PM
Presented by Frank Krueger, PhD, Mason College of Science Associate Professor, School of Systems Biology (A virtual and highly interactive remote session)
Trust pervades nearly every social aspect of our daily lives, and its disruption is a significant factor in mental illness. Research in the field of neuroeconomics has gained a deeper understanding of the neuropsychoeconomic (NPE) underpinnings of trust by combining complementary methodologies from neuroscience, psychology, and economics. However, a coherent model of trust that integrates separate findings under a conceptual framework is still lacking. In this talk, I sketch out an integrative NPE model that explains how the interactions of psychoeconomic components engage domain-general large-scale brain networks in shaping trust behavior over time. I will also point out the caveats of current research approaches and outline open questions that can help guide future transdisciplinary investigations to advance our understanding of interpersonal trust and advocate for a more trusting and inclusive society.