Associate Professor | George Mason University
Dr. Frank Krueger is Associate Professor of Systems Social Neuroscience at the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University. He is Chief of the Social Cognition & Interaction: Functionalism & Immersion (SCI:FI) Lab and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. As a psychologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Krueger is interested in understanding the psychological functions (i.e., why they exist and work) and the proximate neurobiological mechanisms (i.e., how they work) of social cognition (e.g., beliefs, schemata) and social interactions (e.g., trust, cooperation), combining methods from behavioral economics, social psychology, and social neuroscience.
Trust pervades nearly every social aspect of our daily lives and penetrates all human social interactions from interpersonal, institutional, and intercultural relationships. Previous research in the field of neuroeconomics has helped to gain a deeper understanding of the neuropsychoeconomics (NPE) signatures of trust by combining complementary methodologies from economics, psychology, and neuroscience. However, an overarching NPE model of interpersonal trust that integrates separate findings under a conceptual framework is still lacking. In this talk, I will sketch out an integrative NPE model that describes how interpersonal trust emerges over time. Also, I will point out caveats of the current research approach in studying the neuropsychology of trust and discuss outstanding questions that can guide future transdisciplinary investigations in better understanding and ultimately facilitating interpersonal trust in society.