I am a professor of Economics, Law, and Neuroscience, and director of the Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics at George Mason University. I am also a senior investigator at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, and the Mercatus Center. My research interest is in the application of experimental methods to economics. This includes experimental economics, economics system design, neuroeconomics, and virtual world experiments. Some of my publications in this field include:
"Trust, Reciprocity, and Social History," with Joyce Berg and John Dickhaut, Games and Economic Behavior, (10)1995, pp. 122-142.
"Social Distance and Other-Regarding Behavior," with Elizabeth Hoffman, and Vernon Smith, American Economic Review, (86)1996, pp. 653-660.
"Behavioral Foundations of Reciprocity: Experimental Economics and Evolutionary Psychology," with Elizabeth Hoffman and Vernon Smith, Economic Inquiry, (36)1998, 335-352.
"Are Decisions Under Risk Malleable?" with Christina Fong, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (96)1999, pp. 10927-10932.
“Friend-or-Foe Intentionality Priming in an Extensive Form Trust Game,” with Terry Burnham and Vernon Smith, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations, (43)2000, pp. 57-73.
"A Two Person Trust Game Played by Naïve and Sophisticated Subjects," with Vernon Smith, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (97)7, 2000, pp. 3777-3781.
“Intentionality Detection and "MindReading": Why Does Game Form Matter?” with Vernon Smith and Mike LePore, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (97)8,2000, pp. 4404-4409.
“Theory-of Mind Mechanism in Personal Exchange,” Georgio Coricelli, Kevin McCabe, and Vernon Smith, in Affective Minds, G. Hatano, N.Okada, and H. Tanabe eds., Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, 2000, pp.249-259.
"Goodwill Accounting and the Process of Exchange," with V. Smith, Gigerenzer, G. & Selten, R. (Eds.) (2001). Bounded rationality: The adaptive toolbox. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2001, pp. 319-340.
“A Functional Imaging Study of Cooperation in Two-Person Reciprocal Exchange,” with Daniel Houser, Lee Ryan, Vernon Smith, and Theodore Trouard, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (98)2001, pp. 11832-11835.
“Physiological Anticipation and Endowment Effects: inferred Brain Function in the Formation of Allocations in an English Auction,” with John Dickhaut, Kip Smith, Nicole Peck, and Vijay Rajan, in Experimental Business Research, Rami Zwick and Amnon Rapoport (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, 2002, pp. 207-229.
“Using the Machiavellian Instrument to Predict Trustworthiness in a Bargaining Game,” with Anna Gunnthursdottir and Vernon Smith, Journal of Economic Psychology, (23)2002, pp. 49-66.
“Neuronal Substrates for Choice Under Ambiguity, Risk, Certainty, Gains, and Losses,” with Kip Smith, John Dickhaut, and José Pardo, Management Science, (48)2002, pp. 711-718.
“A Cognitive Theory of Reciprocal Exchange,” in Trust and Reciprocity: Interdisciplinary Lessons from Empirical Research, Elinor Ostrom and James Walker Ed., Russell Sage Foundation, 2003, pp147-169.
“Strategic Analysis by Players in Games: What Information Do They Use?," with Vernon Smith, in Trust and Reciprocity: Interdisciplinary Lessons from Empirical Research, Elinor Ostrom and James Walker Ed., Russell Sage Foundation, 2003, pp275-301.
“Neuroeconomics,” Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, Lynn Nadel ed., Nature Publishing Group, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., Vol. 3, 2003, pp. 294-298.
“The role of context in choice:The effect of different comparison gambles on risky behavior,” with John Dickhaut, Jennifer Nagode, Kip Smith, and Jose Pardo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (100)2003, pp. 3536-3541.
“Positive Reciprocity and Intentions in Trust Games,” with Mary Rigdon, and Vernon Smith, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations, (52) 2003, pp. 267-275.