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Trends Neurosci. 2019 Feb;42(2):92-101. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2018.10.004. Epub 2018 Oct 25.

Toward a Model of Interpersonal Trust Drawn from Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics.

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1
School of Systems Biology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA. Electronic address: fkrueger@gmu.edu.
2
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany.

Abstract

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. Here, we 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. We also point out caveats of current research approaches and outline open questions that can help guide future transdisciplinary investigations for a better understanding of the neuropsychology of trust.

KEYWORDS:

bounded rationality; neuropsychoeconomics; social dilemma

PMID:
30482606
DOI:
10.1016/j.tins.2018.10.004

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