Chapter

Standing at the Threshold

Paul W. Glimcher

in Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199744251
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744251.003.0001
Standing at the Threshold

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Early 21st-century economists, psychologists, and biologists all strive to answer a common question, but answer it in unconnected ways. Social scientists and natural scientists define the sources of our actions in such different ways that many insist the theories and insights of the other groups are, in principle, of no interest. To make this incredibly important point clear, this chapter presents an example involving a pair of humans making a single set of real choices. It then tries to understand those choices using the tools first of economics, then of psychology, and then of biology.

Keywords: economics; psychology; biology; human behavior

Chapter.  5021 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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