Fellows Detail

Professor Peter Bossaerts

PhD (Management) (UCLA), FASSA

Elected: 2017

Discipline: Economics

Specialisation: Decision Neuroscience, Experimental Finance, Financial Economics, Neuroeconomics


Bossaerts works at the intersection of economics, neurobiology and computer science. He pioneered the use of controlled experimentation (with human participants who play for real money) in the study of financial markets, and belongs to a small group of economists who brought decision theory and game theory to cognitive neuroscience, which led to the emerging fields of neuroeconomics, decision neuroscience and computational neuropsychiatry. His research deals with decision making under uncertainty, when uncertainty emerges because of risk, or because of complexity.


Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor (University of Melbourne)

Honorary Professorial Fellow, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health


Fellow, The Econometric Society;

Fellow, The Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory


  1. “Lucas In The Laboratory,” with Elena Asparouhova, Nilanjan Roy and William Zame, Journal of Finance 71 (2016) 2727-2780.
  2. “Promoting Intellectual Discovery: Patents vs. Markets,” with Jernej Copic and Debrah Meloso, Science, 323 (2009), 1335-1339.
  3. “Human Insula Activation Reflects Risk Predictions Errors As Well As Risk,” with Kerstin Preuschoff and Steve Quartz, Journal of Neuroscience, 28 (2008), 2745-2752.
  4. “Neural Correlates of Mentalizing-Related Computations During Strategic Interactions in Humans,” with A. Hampton and J. O’Doherty, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (2008), 6741-6746.
  5. “Basic Principles of Asset Pricing Theory: Evidence From Large-Scale Experimental Financial Markets,” with C. Plott, Review of Finance 8 (2004), 135-169.


Website: http://bmmlab.org
Email: peter.bossaerts [at] unimelb.edu.au

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