Handbook of Research Methodologies and Design in Neuroentrepreneurship
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Handbook of Research Methodologies and Design in Neuroentrepreneurship

Edited by Mellani Day, Mary C. Boardman and Norris F. Krueger

This Handbook provides an overview of neuroscience-driven research methodologies and how those methodologies might be applied to theory-based research in the nascent field of neuroentrepreneurship. It presents the current thinking and examples of pioneering work, serves as a reference for those wishing to incorporate these methods into their own research, and provides several helpful discussions on the nature of an answerable question using neuroscience techniques. It includes concrete examples of new ways to conduct research that can shed light onto such areas as decision-making and opportunity recognition, allowing us to ask different, perhaps better, questions than ever before.
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Chapter 10: A few words about neuroexperimental designs for the study of emotions and cognitions in entrepreneurship

Theresa Treffers


The study of emotions and cognitions during the entrepreneurial process is a rising and promising research stream. Because these psychological constructs are particularly difficult to grasp with conventional behavioral study methods, this chapter attempts to stimulate complementary neuroscientific research in the field of neuroentrepreneurship. For this purpose, this chapter first reviews selective studies from the field of affective and cognitive neuroscience. After that, I describe some important design issues to consider before starting to conduct a neuroentrepreneurial study. Eventually, I present five neuroentrepreneurial study designs that entail the study of emotions and cognitions in entrepreneurs and can potentially give new insights into existing behavioral evidence. With this chapter, I hope to stimulate thought and action for an increase in rigorous and relevant neuroentrepreneurial studies.

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