Welcome to the Research Priority Program on the Foundations of Human Social Behavior
The University of Zurich founded the Research Priority Program on the Foundations of Human Social Behavior in 2005. This interdisciplinary program focuses on the investigation of human social behavior from the perspectives of neuroscience, economics, psychology, philosophy, and evolutionary anthropology.
The main goal is to understand the factors which determine prosocial and antisocial behavior in humans. The program concentrates not only on the social and biological bases of altruistic and egoistic behavior, but also on the economic and ethical consequences for people displaying this behavior.
The research program employs a multitude of state-of-the-art techniques and resources including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), behavioral experiments, autonomic measures, neuroendocrinological and pharmacological approaches, and clinical studies.
It is organized into seven research groups led by scientists from different institutes of the University of Zurich.