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Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain
     

Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain

by Paul W. Glimcher
 

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ISBN-10: 0123741769

ISBN-13: 9780123741769

Pub. Date: 10/17/2008

Publisher: Elsevier Science

In the years since it first published, Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain has become the standard reference and textbook in the burgeoning field of neuroeconomics. The second edition, a nearly complete revision of this landmark book, will set a new standard. This new edition features five sections designed to serve as both classroom-friendly

Overview

In the years since it first published, Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain has become the standard reference and textbook in the burgeoning field of neuroeconomics. The second edition, a nearly complete revision of this landmark book, will set a new standard. This new edition features five sections designed to serve as both classroom-friendly introductions to each of the major subareas in neuroeconomics, and as advanced synopses of all that has been accomplished in the last two decades in this rapidly expanding academic discipline. The first of these sections provides useful introductions to the disciplines of microeconomics, the psychology of judgment and decision, computational neuroscience, and anthropology for scholars and students seeking interdisciplinary breadth. The second section provides an overview of how human and animal preferences are represented in the mammalian nervous systems. Chapters on risk, time preferences, social preferences, emotion, pharmacology, and common neural currencies—each written by leading experts—lay out the foundations of neuroeconomic thought. The third section contains both overview and in-depth chapters on the fundamentals of reinforcement learning, value learning, and value representation. The fourth section, “The Neural Mechanisms for Choice,” integrates what is known about the decision-making architecture into state-of-the-art models of how we make choices. The final section embeds these mechanisms in a larger social context, showing how these mechanisms function during social decision-making in both humans and animals. The book provides a historically rich exposition in each of its chapters and emphasizes both the accomplishments and the controversies in the field. A clear explanatory style and a single expository voice characterize all chapters, making core issues in economics, psychology, and neuroscience accessible to scholars from all disciplines. The volume is essential reading for anyone interested in neuroeconomics in particular or decision making in general.

  • Editors and contributing authors are among the acknowledged experts and founders in the field, making this the authoritative reference for neuroeconomics
  • Suitable as an advanced undergraduate or graduate textbook as well as a thorough reference for active researchers
  • Introductory chapters on economics, psychology, neuroscience, and anthropology provide students and scholars from any discipline with the keys to understanding this interdisciplinary field
  • Detailed chapters on subjects that include reinforcement learning, risk, inter-temporal choice, drift-diffusion models, game theory, and prospect theory make this an invaluable reference
  • Published in association with the Society for Neuroeconomics—www.neuroeconomics.org
  • Full-color presentation throughout with numerous carefully selected illustrations to highlight key concepts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123741769
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
10/17/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
556
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Section 1: The Fundamental Tools of Neuroeconomics
1. Basic Methods from Neoclassical Economics
2. Experimental Economics and Experimental Game Theory
3. Computational Models of Decision-Making from Psychology and Behavioral Economics
4. Estimation and Testing of Computational Models
5. Computational Neuroscience
6. Experimental Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
7. The Economics of Non-Human Primates
Section 2: Risk, Time, Social and Emotional Preferences
8. Computation of value in simple choices
9. Valuation for Risky and Uncertain Choices
10. Valuation, Intertemporal Choice and Self Control
11. Neuroeconomics of Social Preferences
12. The Study of Emotion in Decision Making
13. Valuation and Common Neural Currencies
14. The pharmacology of economic and social decision-making
Section 3: Learning and Valuation
15. Value Learning through Reinforcement: The Basics of Dopamine and RL
16. Advanced Issues in Reinforcement Learning
17. The Basal Ganglia, Reinforcement Learning and The Encoding of Value
18. From Experienced Utility to Decision Utility
Section 4: The Neural Mechanisms for Choice
19. Neural Mechanisms for Perceptual Decision-Making
20. Value-based Decision-Making
21. Multiple Systems for Valuation and Choice
22. Integrating Benefits and Costs in Decision-Making
23. Dynamic Neuronal Models of Choice
24. Reference Dependent Values and Normalization
Section 5: Brain Circuitry of Social Valuation and Social Choice
25. The Brain Circuity for Strategic Interactions
26. The Brain Circuity for social decision-making in non-human primates
27. Understanding Others: Brain Mechanisms of Theory of Mind and Empathy
Epilogue: Summary, Conclusions, and Prognostications
Appendix: Using Prospect Theory

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