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Georgios Christopoulos
Associate Professor
Nanyang Business School

Associate Professor (NTU) George Christopoulos (Ph.D. (Cambridge) cognitive neuroscience) uses a wide array of methods – ranging from neuroscience and wearables to virtual reality, controlled psychological experiments and surveys – to understand human decision making at multiple levels: the brain, the body, the organization, the city and culture overall.

He is co-director of 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.

Research Statement

In my lab we examine three interrelated questions: (i) neuroscience of decision making and learning (ii) the interaction of the urban environment in (mega-)cities with human performance and well-being and (iii) how culture and cultural symbols (statues, images, buildings) affect emotions as well aesthetic and other judgments.

We employ a wide array of methods, ranging from virtual reality and wearable devices to environmental metrics and human neuroimaging (fMRI). Our research has been published in leading multidisciplinary and specialized journals (Journal of Neuroscience, PNAS, Building and Environment, Journal of Experimental Social psychology etc.).

Besides typical grants (over $2m at this point) we have also collaborated and supported by various private companies and multinationals.

Research One-liner

Examine human decision making across multiple levels: from brain and body to organizations, cities and culture


Roberts, A. C., Yeap, Y. W., Seah, H. S., Chan, E., Soh, C. K., & Christopoulos, G. I. (2019). Assessing the suitability of virtual reality for psychological testing. Psychological assessment31(3), 318.

Yap, W.*, Christopoulos, G., & Hong, Y. (2017). Physiological responses associated with cultural attachment. Behavioural Brain Research325, 214-222.

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 Neuroscience29(40), 12574-12583.

Advice to young researchers

Be curious!

Other affiliation(s)

Expert Areas
Architecture and Psychology, Cities, Culture, Decision making, Environmental Psychology, Experimental Aesthetics, Neuroscience, Virtual reality

Research Interests
Architecture and Psychology, Cities, Culture, Decision making, Environmental Psychology, Experimental Aesthetics, Neuroscience, Virtual reality

Research Category
Accounting, Business & Management, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Social Sciences
Research Sub-category
Business and Management, Financial Engineering & Risk Management, Interface of Biology and Engineering (Engineering in Biology), Psychology
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING – Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
GOAL 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES – There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
GOAL 16: PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS – Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
14 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020