Decision Making and the Brain

1st Edition - October 3, 2008

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  • Editors: Paul W. Glimcher, Ernst Fehr, Colin Camerer, Russell Poldrack
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921068

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Neuroeconomics is a new highly promising approach to understanding the neurobiology of decision making and how it affects cognitive social interactions between humans and societies/economies. This book is the first edited reference to examine the science behind neuroeconomics, including how it influences human behavior and societal decision making from a behavioral economics point of view. Presenting a truly interdisciplinary approach, Neuroeconomics presents research from neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics, and includes chapters by all the major figures in the field, including two Economics Nobel laureates.

Key Features

* An authoritative reference written and edited by acknowledged experts and founders of the field
* Presents an interdisciplinary view of the approaches, concepts, and results of the emerging field of neuroeconomics relevant for anyone interested in this area of research
* Full-color presentation throughout with carefully selected illustrations to highlight key concepts


Researchers and graduate students in: neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, systems neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, as well as behavioral and theoretical economics.

Table of Contents

  • Editor in Chief: Paul W. Glimcher, New York University
    Associate Editors:
    Colin Camerer, CalTech
    Ernst Fehr, University of Zurich
    Russ Poldrak, UCLA
    Wolfram Schultz: Dopamine and Decision
    Camillo Padua-Schioppa and John Assad: Coding Reward Value in the Orbitofrontal Cortex
    Russ Poldrak and Craig Fox: Prospect Theory, Decision and Risk
    Brian Knutson and Maricio Delgado: Neural Representations of Value
    Elke Weber: Neural Representations of Risk and Risk Aversion
    David Laibson: Decisions in Time: Temporal Discounting
    George Loewenstein and Jon Cohen: Multiple-Selves Approaches to the Study of Decision
    Paul Glimcher: A Generalized Theory of Neural Decision
    Elizabeth Phelps: Fear, Emotion and Decision
    Michael Platt: The Neurobiology of Social Decision in Non-Human Primates
    Read Montague: 2-person games and decision
    Kevin McCabe and Vernon Smith: Cooperation and Social Decision Making
    Ernst Fehr: Social Decision making, Trust and Inequity Aversion
    Aldo Rustichini and Andrew Caplin: Axiomatic Approaches to Neuroeconomics
    Colin Camerer: Games and Decision, a Neurocognitive Approach

Product details

  • No. of pages: 556
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: October 3, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921068

About the Editors

Paul W. Glimcher

Paul W. Glimcher

Paul W. Glimcher, Julius Silver Professor of Neural Science, Economics and Psychology at New York University. Director, Center for Neuroeconomics, NYU. A.B. - Princeton University, Magna cum Laude. Ph.D. -University of Pennsylvania, Neuroscience. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Association for Psychological Science and the McKnight, Whitehall, Klingenstein and McDonnell Foundations. Investigator of the National Eye Institute, The National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute on Aging. Founding President of the Society for Neuroeconomics. Winner of the Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences, 2003. Winner of NYU’s Distinguished (Lifetime Accomplishment) Teaching Award, 2006. Member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Publications in Nature, Science, Neuron, Journal of Neurophysiology, American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Vision Research, Experimental Brain Research, MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Science and numerous edited volumes. He is the author of: Decisions, Uncertainty and, the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics, 2003 from MIT Press. Winner of the American Association of Publishers Medical Sciences Book of the Year, 2003. Neuroeconomics. Decision Making and the Brain, 2009 from Academic Press. Winner of the American Association of Publishers Economics and Social Sciences Book of the Year Awards, 2009. Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis, 2011 from Oxford University Press. Neuroeconomics. Decision Making and the Brain 2nd ed. 2013. Professor Glimcher’s work has been covered by the popular press in the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, Money Magazine, New Scientist, and on National Public Radio, The BBC, Le Monde, Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine, La Vanguardia, Fox News, and NOVA amongst others.

Affiliations and Expertise

New York University, Center for Neural Sciences, NY, USA

Ernst Fehr

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Zurich, Department of Economics, Laboratory for the Study of Social and Neural Systems

Colin Camerer

Affiliations and Expertise

CalTech, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Pasadena, USA

Russell Poldrack

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

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