Center of Excellence in Neuroergonomics, Technology, and Cognition

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Frank Krueger

Frank Krueger

Frank Krueger

Assistant Professor | Co-Director, Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics | Chief, Social Cognition and Interaction Laboratory

Molecular Neuroscience Department/ Department of Psychology: Social Cognition, Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroeconomics

Dr. Frank Krueger is Assistant Professor of Social Cognitive Neuroscience at the Molecular Neuroscience Department/ Department of Psychology at George Mason University. He received a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Psychology, and a Habilitation degree (venia legendi) in Psychology at the Department of Cognitive Psychology, Humboldt University Berlin and a Master’s degree in Physics from Free University Berlin in Germany. He is Chief of the Social Cognition and Interaction (SCI) Lab, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, and Lead Investigator of the Vietnam Head Injury Study at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Current Research

As a cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist, I am interested in understanding the mind-brain relationships of human social cognition, focusing on the importance of cognitive processes in mediating social interactions. By applying paradigms from cognitive psychology, experimental economics, and social neuroscience, I am pursuing two lines of research to study proximate neural mechanisms (i.e., how they work) and ultimate functions (i.e., why they exist and work) of social cognition. The first line of research aims to understand the biological basis of how social cognitive processes (e.g., trust, beliefs, social intelligence) shape cooperative and competitive behaviors in social and economic contexts. The second line of research is designed to shed light on the neuroplasticity of social cognition in healthy development and recovery from brain injury. I am using an interdisciplinary multi-methods approach that combines neuroimaging (brain structure, function, and connectivity), neuroendocrinology, and neurogenetics to promote new perspectives in understanding the neural architecture of social cognition. Such an approach can help to transfer basic research findings into treatment for and prevention of social brain disorders ultimately providing benefits to human health.

Selected Publications

Krueger F, Hoffman M, Walter H, Grafman J. An fMRI investigation of the effects of belief in free will on third-party punishmentSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 2013; doi: 10.1093/scan/nst092.

Krueger F, Parasuraman R, Moody L, Twieg P, de Visser E, McCabe K, O'Hara M, Lee M. Oxytocin selectively increases perceptions of harm for victims but not the desire to punish offenders of criminal offensesSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 2012. doi:10.1093/scan/nss026.

Krueger F, Parasuraman R, Iyengar V, Thornburg M, Weel J, Lin M, Clarke E, McCabe K, Lipsky R. Oxytocin receptor genetic variation promotes human trust behaviorFrontiers in Human Neuroscience 2012; 6 :4. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00004.

Krueger F, Pardini M, Huey ED, Raymont V, Solomon J, Lipsky RH, Hodgkinson CA, Goldman D, Grafman J. The role of the met 66 BDNF allele in the recovery of executive functioning following combat-related traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neuroscience 2011: 31(2). 598-606.

Krueger F, Barbey A, McCabe K, Strenziok M, Zamboni G, Solomon J, Raymont V, Grafman J. The neural bases of key competencies of emotional intelligence. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2009, 106(52): 22468-91.

Krueger F, Barbey AK, Grafman J. The medial prefrontal cortex mediates social event knowledge. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2009; 13(3): 103-109.

Krueger F, McCabe K, Moll J, Kriegeskorte N, Heinecke A, Zahn R, Strenziok M, Grafman J. Neural correlates of trust. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2007; 104: 20084-20089.

Recent Presentations

Tsinghua University, Department of Psychology, Beijing, China, November 1, 2012, Psychological and neural components of third-party punishment.
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Beijing, China, October 31, 2012, Psychological and neural components of third-party punishment.
Beijing Normal University, School of Brain & Cognitive Neuroscience, Beijing, China, October 30, 2012, Psychological and neural components of third-party punishment.
Auburn University, Auburn, Department of Psychology, AL, October, 9, 2012, Psychological and neural components of legal third-party punishment.
Humboldt University Berlin, Department of Cognitive Psychology, February 1, 2012, Neural signatures of legal third-party punishment.
Charité University Hospital, Division of Mind and Brain Research, January 18, 2012, Psychological and neural component of third-party punishment: lesion and fMRI evidence.