Carolyn Declerck holds a PhD in Ecology (‘Doctor in de Wetenschappen’) of the University of California Davis (1991) and is currently Professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Economic Sciences. Before joining the teaching staff in 1999, she started her academic career as Adjunct Associate Professor at Portland State University (Oregon, USA) in the Department of Biology (1993-1999).

In the Faculty of Economic Sciences, Carolyn teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, and Organizational Behavior, both at the bachelor and master level. As associated senior researcher of the ACED team (Antwerp Centre of Evolutionary Demography), an international Centre of Excellence of the Department of Management, she conducts interdisciplinary studies in Behavioral Economics and Neuroeconomics. She is one of the co-promotors of the GOVTRUST consortium promoting and participating in research on interpersonal trust and trust development.

Research topics include:

  • the neural correlates of cooperation in social dilemma’s;
  • the biological and social roots of indiviudal traits and behavior;
  • the role of the neurohormone oxytocin in human social behavior;
  • brain systems involved in self-regulation.

She is promotor of several PhD students  funded by FWO and BOF grants and is an active participant of  the Association for NeuroPsychoEconomics, the Society for Neuroeconomics, and the Evolution and Human Behavior Society.  

Cv: click here
Website ACED: click here

TED talk: 'The compassionate egoist': click here
Book: 'Neuroeconomics of prosocial behavior: The compassionate egoist': click here         
Book: 'Wie is de homo sapiens?' click here