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Decision Neuroscience - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128053089, 9780128053317

Decision Neuroscience

1st Edition

An Integrative Perspective

Editors: Jean-Claude Dreher Léon Tremblay
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128053089
eBook ISBN: 9780128053317
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th October 2016
Page Count: 440
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Decision Neuroscience addresses fundamental questions about how the brain makes perceptual, value-based, and more complex decisions in non-social and social contexts. This book presents compelling neuroimaging, electrophysiological, lesional, and neurocomputational models in combination with hormonal and genetic approaches, which have led to a clearer understanding of the neural mechanisms behind how the brain makes decisions. The five parts of the book address distinct but inter-related topics and are designed to serve both as classroom introductions to major subareas in decision neuroscience and as advanced syntheses of all that has been accomplished in the last decade.

Part I is devoted to anatomical, neurophysiological, pharmacological, and optogenetics animal studies on reinforcement-guided decision making, such as the representation of instructions, expectations, and outcomes; the updating of action values; and the evaluation process guiding choices between prospective rewards. Part II covers the topic of the neural representations of motivation, perceptual decision making, and value-based decision making in humans, combining neurcomputational models and brain imaging studies. Part III focuses on the rapidly developing field of social decision neuroscience, integrating recent mechanistic understanding of social decisions in both non-human primates and humans. Part IV covers clinical aspects involving disorders of decision making that link together basic research areas including systems, cognitive, and clinical neuroscience; this part examines dysfunctions of decision making in neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, behavioral addictions, and focal brain lesions. Part V focuses on the roles of various hormones (cortisol, oxytocin, ghrelin/leptine) and genes that underlie inter-individual differences observed with stress, food choices, and social decision-making processes. The volume is essential reading for anyone interested in decision making neuroscience.

With contributions that are forward-looking assessments of the current and future issues faced by researchers, Decision Neuroscience is essential reading for anyone interested in decision-making neuroscience.


Key Features

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of approaches to studying individual and social decision neuroscience, including primate neurophysiology, brain imaging in healthy humans and in various disorders, and genetic and hormonal influences on decision making
  • Covers multiple levels of analysis, from molecular mechanisms to neural-systems dynamics and computational models of how we make choices
  • Discusses clinical implications of process dysfunctions, including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, eating disorders, drug addiction, and pathological gambling
  • Features chapters from top international researchers in the field and full-color presentation throughout with numerous illustrations to highlight key concepts


Established researchers, undergraduate and graduate students in cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroeconomics, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, systems neuroscience, model-based neuroimaging, computational neuroscience, probabilistic models of decision making.

Table of Contents


  Jean-Claude Dreher and Leon Tremblay

Part One: Animal Studies on Rewards, Punishments, and Decision Making

1. Anatomy and connectivity of the reward circuit

  Suzanne Haber

2. Electrophysiological correlates of reward processing in dopamine neurons

  Wolfram Schultz

3. Representations of appetitive and aversive information in the primate

  S Bernardi and C Daniel Salzman

4. Ventral Striatum involved in appetitive and aversive motivational processes

  Leon Tremblay and Yosuke Saga

5. Reward and decision encoding in Basal Ganglia: insights from optogenetics studies in rodents

  Naoshige Uchida, J Tian and N Eshel

6. The neural bases of the learning and motivational processes that control goal-directed behavior

  Bernard Balleine and L Bradfield

7. Impulsivity, risky choice and impulse control disorders: animal models

  Trevor W. Robbins and JW Dalley

8. Prefrontal cortex in decision making: the perception-action cycle

  Joaquin M. Fuster

Part Two: Human Studies on Motivation, Perceptual, and Value-Based Decision Making

9. Reward, value and salience

  Philippe Tobler and Thorsten Kahnt

10. Computational principles of value coding in the brain

  Paul W. Glimcher and Kenway Louie

11. Spatiotemporal characteristics of perceptual decision making in the human brain

  Marios Philiastides, J Diaz and S Gherman

12. Perceptual decision making

  Christopher Summerfield and A Blangero

13. Neural circuit mechanisms of economic decision-making

  Xiao Jing Wang, A Soltani and W Chaisangmongkon

Part Three: Social Decision Neuroscience

14. Social decision-making in Nonhuman Primates

  Jean-Rene Duhamel. M Jazayari and S Ballesta

15. Organization of the social brain in macaques and humans

  Jerome Sallet, MaryAnn Philomena Noonan, RB Mars, FX Neubert, B Ahmed, J Smith and K Krug

16. The neural bases of social influence on valuation and behavior

  Keise Izuma

17. Social dominance representations in the human brain

  Jean-Claude Dreher and R Ligneul

18. Reinforcement learning and strategic reasoning during social decision making

  Daeyeol Lee and Hyojung Seo

19. Neural control of social decisions: Causal evidence from brain stimulation studies

  Giuseppe Ugazio and Christian Ruff

20. The neuroscience of compassion and empathy and their link to prosocial motivation and behaviour

  Tania Singer and Gabriele Chierchia

Part Four: Human Clinical Studies Involving Dysfunctions of Reward and Decision-Making Processes

21. Can models of reinforcement learning help us to understand symptoms of schizophrenia?

  Graham K. Murray, Carina Tudor-Sfetea and Paul Fletcher

22. A neuropsychological perspective on the role of the prefrontal cortex in value-based decision-making

  Lesley K. Fellows and Avinash Rao Vaidya

23. Opponent Brain Systems for Reward and Punishment Learning: Causal Evidence From Drug and Lesion Studies in Humans

Mathias Pessiglione and S Palminteri


24. Decions-making and impulse control disorders in Parkinson disease

  Valerie Voon

25. The subthalamic nucleus in impulsivity

  Karsten Witt

26. Decision-making in anxiety and its disorders

  Dan W. Grupe

27. Decision-Making in Gambling Disorder: Understanding Behavioral Addictions

  Luke Clark

Part Five: Genetic and Hormonal Influences on Motivation and Social Behavior

28. Decision-making in fish: Genetics and social behavior

  Russell Fernald

29. Imaging genetics in humans: Major depressive disorder and decision-making

  Lukas Pezawas, U Rabl and N Ortner

30. Time-dependent shifts in neural systems supporting decision making under stress

  Erno Hermans, Guillen Fernandez, MJAG Henckens and M Joels

31. Oxytocin’s influence on social decions-making

  Angela Sirigu and A Lefevre

32. Appetite as Motivated Choice: Hormonal and Environmental Influences

  Alain Dagher, Selin Neseliler and Jung Eun Han

33. Perspectives

  Jean-Claude Dreher, Leon Tremblay and Wolfram Schultz


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About the Editors

Jean-Claude Dreher

Dr Jean-Claude Dreher (research director, CNRS, Dr Dreher is the director of the Neuroeconomics, Reward and Decision making team at the 'Centre de Neurosciences Cognitives' (Lyon, France). He studied Mathematics, psychopathology and Cognitive Neuroscience in Paris. The general approach of his research group is to characterize the brain mechanisms underlying motivation and decision making in healthy subjects and to study neurological and psychiatric disorders in which these mechanisms are dysfunctional. He received two Fellow Awards for Research Excellence at the NIH. He is the author of around 40 research papers and the editor of the 'Handbook of Reward and Decision Making' (Academic PRess, Elsevier, 2009). His research has been highlighted in major scientific journals (Nature Reviews Neuroscience, PNAS, TiCS) and featured in a international media (newspapers, radio and TV programs).

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France

Léon Tremblay

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France

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