Academic Profile

Associate Professor G. Christopoulos (PhD, Cambridge; PostDoc: BCM, VT) has extensive research experience in examining neurobehavioral accounts of human cognition and decision making. He is co-director of the Culture Science Innovations, member of the Advisory Council of the Academy of Neuroscience For Architecture (ANFA) and a collaborator of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroaesthetics. Please visit
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Assoc Prof Georgios Christopoulos
Associate Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Leadership, Management & Organisation
Assistant Dean (Research), College of Business (NBS)
Director, Culture Science Institute (CSI)

In my lab (Lab webpage: we use advanced neurobehavioral methods to examine the following questions:
- Human learning and decision making (risk and trust), with a focus on cognitive flexibility and computerised training of working adults
- Environmental (Urban) Neuroscience: we focus on the effect of indoor and outdoor spaces and their architectural characteristics on human performance, health and happiness.

A recent grant examines the effect of soundscaping and sounds on human cognition - Beauty and aesthetics: deeper beliefs about beauty and how they affect consumption of cosmetics how culture and cultural symbols (statues, images, buildings) affect emotions as well aesthetic and other judgments; - Methods: besides traditional methods, we are interested in Virtual Reality and Wearables and how they can be used to assess human behaviorBesides pure academic research, we also collaborate with industry (such as cosmetics companies) to understand how consumers choose and use cosmetics and other products, using implicit and explicit methods. Please visit

My research aims to uncover, explain, predict and improve human decision making in dynamic and complex environments. 1- A central topic is on neurobehavioral and social aspects of individual learning and computerised cognitive training. 2 - Recently, we are also interested in understanding the relationship between human behaviour and the built environment especially in Mega-Cities. A current focus is on the effects of sound and soundscaping on human cognition. Methodologically we employ the two research traditions of decision theory and cognitive neuroscience. These include behavioural methods derived from psychology; computational methods stemming from game theory, learning theory and microeconomics; and biological measurements such as human neuroimaging using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and eye-tracking.
  • Augmenting Urban Soundscape (AUS) Phase 2: Adaptive Soundscape Enhancement System and Evaluation of the Urban Sound Environment

  • Biological and Behavioral accounts of social choice behavior

  • CLIC WP0.1 - PI Prof Georgios Christopoulos

  • CLIC WP0.1 - PI Prof Georgios Christopoulos 2

  • Neuroscience of Entrepreneurship
  • Dunleavy G, Bajpai R, Tonon AC, Cheung KL, Thach, T.-Q., Rykov, Y., Soh C-K, Vries H, Car J. & Christopoulos G*. Prevalence of psychological distress and its association with perceived indoor environmental quality and workplace factors in under and aboveground workplaces. Building and Environment. Available online 10 March 2020.

  • Christopoulos, G., & Hong, Y. (2020). The multicultural mind as an epistemological test and extension for the thinking through other minds approach. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 43, E97. doi:10.1017/S0140525X19002711.

  • Rykov, Y., Thach, T. Q., Dunleavy, G., Roberts, A. C., Christopoulos, G., Soh, C. K., & Car, J. (2020). Activity Tracker–Based Metrics as Digital Markers of Cardiometabolic Health in Working Adults: Cross-Sectional Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8(1), e16409.

  • Truong N., Chatterjee, A. Christopoulos G., (2019) Faust, N. T., Chatterjee, A., & Christopoulos, G. I. (2019). Beauty in the eyes and the hand of the beholder: Eye and hand movements' differential responses to facial attractiveness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85, 103884.

  • Roberts, A. C., Yap, H. S., Kwok, K. W., Car, J., Soh, C. K., & Christopoulos, G. I. * (2019). The cubicle deconstructed: Simple visual enclosure improves perseverance. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 63, 60-73.

  • Roberts, A. C., Christopoulos, G. I.*, Yeap, Y. W., Seah, H. S., Chan, E., & Soh, C. K. (2018). Assessing the suitability of Virtual Reality for psychological testing. Journal of Psychological Assessment (APA). DOI: 10.1037/pas0000663.

  • Christopoulos G.*, Ang Uy, M., Yap W.-J. (2016). The Body and the Brain: Measuring Skin Conductance Responses to Understand the Emotional Experience. Organizational Research Methods.

  • Yap, W., Christopoulos, G.*, & Hong, Y. (2017). Physiological responses associated with cultural attachment. Behavioural Brain Research, 325, 214-222. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2017.01.017.

  • Chung, D., Christopoulos, G. I., King-Casas, B., Ball, S. B., & Chiu, P. H. (2015). Social signals of safety and risk confer utility and have asymmetric effects on observers' choices. Nature neuroscience, 18(6), 912-916.

  • Christopoulos, G., Tobler, P., Bossaerts, P., Dolan, R., & Schultz, W. (2009). Neural Correlates of Value, Risk, and Risk Aversion Contributing to Decision Making under Risk. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(40), 12574-12583. doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.2614-09.2009#.

  • Tobler, P., Christopoulos, G., O'Doherty, J., Dolan, R., & Schultz, W. (2009). Risk-dependent reward value signal in human prefrontal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 106(17), 7185-7190. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0809599106#.

  • Christopoulos, G. & Tobler P. (2016). Culture as a response to uncertainty: foundations of computational cultural neuroscience. In J. Chiao, S-C. Li, R. Seligman & R. Turner (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience. Oxford: Oxford University Press. #