Neuroscience has paid only little attention to decision-making for many years. Although no field of science has cohered around this topic, a variety of researchers in different areas of neuroscience ranging from cellular physiology to neuropsychology and computational neuroscience have been engaged in working on this issue. Thus, the time seemed to be ripe to bring these researchers together and discuss the state of the art of the neurobiology of decision-making in a broad forum. This book is a collection of contributions presented at that forum in Paris in October 1994 organized by the Fondation IPSEN.
Table of ContentsHuman Neuroanatomy Relevant to Decision-Making.- Morphological Correlations of Human and Monkey Frontal Lobe.- Frontal Lobe and the Cognitive Foundation of Behavioral Action.- Neural Mechanisms Supporting Successful Social Decisions in Simians.- Neural Basis of Decision in Perception and in the Control of Movement.- How the Basal Ganglia Make Decisions.- The Will of the Brain: Cerebral Correlates of Willful Acts.- Neuronal Models of Cognitive Functions Associated with the Prefrontal Cortex.- The Biological Causes of Irrationality.- Neuropsychological Approaches to Reasoning and Decision-Making.- Feeling Reasons.- Epilogue: Models of Decision-Making.