Handbook of Reward and Decision Making

Edited by

  • Jean-Claude Dreher, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France
  • Jean-Claude Dreher, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France
  • Leon Tremblay, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France
  • Leon Tremblay, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France

This book addresses a fundamental question about the nature of behavior: how does the brain process reward and makes decisions when facing multiple options? The book presents the most recent and compelling lesion, neuroimaging, electrophysiological and computational studies, in combination with hormonal and genetic studies, which have led to a clearer understanding of neural mechanisms behind reward and decision making. The neural bases of reward and decision making processes are of great interest to scientists because of the fundamental role of reward in a number of behavioral processes (such as motivation, learning and cognition) and because of their theoretical and clinical implications for understanding dysfunctions of the dopaminergic system in several neurological and psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, drug addiction, pathological gambling, ...).
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researchers in cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, neurobiology, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, systems neuroscience, neuroimaging


Book information

  • Published: June 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374620-7

Table of Contents

Part I presents basic anatomical and electrophysiological findings in animals on the contribution of specific brain structures in reinforcement-guided decision-making.

Part II concerns brain imaging studies on reward and decision making.

 Part III covers brain disorders involving dysfunctions of decision-making and of the reward system, such as addiction, psychosis, pathological gambling, Parkinson's disease and lesions of the prefrontal cortex.

 Part IV analyzes the influences of hormones and of different genes involved in dopamine transmission on reward and decision making processing.

 Part V presents computational approaches on decision-making and on the roles of dopamine in the brain, combining Bayesian, game theory and neuroeconomics models.