The Center for Neuroeconomics Studies (CNS) investigates the neurophysiology of economic decisions. Its researchers draw on economic theory, experimental economics, neuroscience, endocrinology, and psychology to develop a comprehensive understanding of human decisions.

Directed by Paul Zak, the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies examines the basis for selfish and selfless behaviors. The mission of CNS is to help people make better decisions and to identify why some people consistently make bad decisions. CNS conducts research using both healthy subjects and neurologic and psychiatric patients with collaborators worldwide.