Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Georgios Christopoulos

Assistant Professor
Division of Strategy, Management and Organisation
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)

Phone: (+65)6790 5746
Office: S3-B2B-64

  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience University of Cambridge 2008
  • MSc in Economic and Organisational Psych Panteion University 2002
  • Bachelor in Psychology Athens Panteion University 1998
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I hold a PhD from University of Cambridge in cognitive neuroscience of human decision making. My background is in psychology (B.Sc.) and economic psychology (M.Sc). During my studies at Cambridge we identified various brain responses characterizing decision making under risk. Specifically, a signal at an area called right DLPFC changed according to differences in individual’s risk aversion (Journal of Neuroscience, 2009). Using brain signals we were able to predict individual choices on a trial-by-trial basis. In other studies (PNAS, 2009; JofN, 2010) we identified how the brain distorts value and probabilities. Following Cambridge I moved to Baylor College of Medicine and then to Virginia Tech to work with Brooks King-Casas at the Laboratory for Interpersonal Decision Making, where I explored neural correlates of social decision making in normal populations, the effects of pharmacology on social learning and learning parameters as influenced by psychopathology and addiction.
Research Interests
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Broadly, I am interested in exploring the mechanisms that describe and/or affect behavioral and neuronal responses while humans make decisions, especially in social settings. This is of course a very general question that encompasses very diverse topics such as:

- Individual decision making (deciding on the absence of social information. Risk is one of my main interests)

- Social decision making and strategic interactions (deciding while other agents are socially visible and present: allocation of resources; competition and cooperation, learning)

- Organizational Neuroscience (organizations are the ecology of the modern human; I am interested in how the structure of organizations influences biology and vice versa)

Coming to Singapore and NBS I found an environment with outstanding expertise in Cultural Psychology; my aim is to integrate this expertise with my interests.


Special emphasis should be given to the methods. I try to integrate different approaches aiming in exploring mechanisms while moving away from simple descriptive approaches, which while interesting are not anymore adequate to help us understand and predict behavior. To that aim I use:

- Behavioral experiments and game-theoretic inspired approaches modeling social interactions and decision making.
- Psychophysics
- Computational Modeling
- Biological and genetic measures (eye-tracking, skin conductance etc)
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to encode brain responses

1. Christopoulos G, Kokkinaki F, Harvey N., Sevdalis N, (Accepted) Paying for no reason? (Mis-)perceptions of product attributes in separate versus joint product evaluation. Journal of Economic Psychology

2. Christopoulos GI, Tobler pn. Bossaerts, P, Dolan RK, Schultz W (2009) Neural correlates of value, risk and risk aversion contributing to decision making under risk. Journal of Neuroscience, Oct 7, 2009, 29(40):12574-12583.

3. Tobler PN, Christopoulos GI, O'Doherty JP, Dolan RJ, Schultz W.(2009) Risk-dependent reward value signal in human prefrontal cortex. PNAS U S A. Apr 28;106(17):7185-90.

4. Tobler PN, Christopoulos GI, O'Doherty JP, Dolan RJ, Schultz W. (2008) Neuronal distortions of reward probability without choice. Journal of Neuroscience. Nov 5;28(45):11703-11.
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2015-)
  • MND- Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2 NIC) (2014-)
  • MND- Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2 NIC) (2014-) [by Ministry of National Development (MND)]
  • MND- Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2 NIC) (2014-2017) [by Ministry of National Development (MND)]
  • MOE Grant (2014-) [by MOE]
  • NRF CREATE (2014-)
Current Projects
  • Cooperation, Partner Selection, And Homophily In Social Networks Experiments
  • Discovering the Cognitive and Neurological Basis of Cultural Competence
  • FRS 3.1.2 - Social Decision Making In Crises And Emergencies
  • FRS 3.2.2 - Usage Behavior
  • Future Resilient Systems
  • Impact of rock blasting on nearby structures
  • Psychological, Health And Social Parameters Associated With Working In Underground Spaces-Psychological Parameters
  • Psychological, health and social parameters associated with working in underground spaces
  • The Face of Success: Examining the Impact of Executive Beauty Capital on Corporate Performance in China, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States
  • Toward Learning-based Thermal Comfort Models to Instil Behavioural Changes for Greener, Smarter and Healthier Buildings in the Tropics Via Pervasive Sensing
Selected Publications
  • Eun Hee Lee, George I. Christopoulos, Kian Woon Kwok, Adam C. Roberts, and Chee-Kiong Soh. (2017). A psychosocial approach to understanding underground spaces. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(452).
  • Yap, W.J., Christopoulos, G.I.*, Hong Y-Y,. (2017). Physiological Responses Associated with Cultural Attachment.. Behavioral Brain Research, .
  • Soh, C.-K., Christopoulos, G., Roberts, A.C., & Lee, E.-H. (2016). Procedia Engineering: Human-centered Development of Underground work Spaces. 15th International scientific conference “Underground Urbanisation as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Development” (pp. 242-250)Elsevier.
  • Christopoulos, G., Uy, M. A., & Yap, W. J. (2016). The body and the brain: Measuring skin conductance responses to understand the emotional experience. Organizational Research Methods, (forthcoming).
  • Roberts AC, Christopoulos G, Car J, Soh CK, Lu M. (2016). Psycho-biological factors associated with underground spaces : What can the new era of cognitive neuroscience offer to their study ?. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 55, 118-134.

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