The Cognitive Neuroscience of Strategic Thinking

Meghana Bhatt and Colin F. Camerer

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Cognitive Neuroscience of Strategic Thinking

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This chapter focuses on some emerging elements of a neuroscientific basis for behavioral game theory. The premise of this chapter is that game theory can be useful in helping to elucidate the neural basis of strategic thinking. The great strength of game theory is that it offers precision in defining what players are likely to do and suggesting algorithms of reasoning and learning. Whether people are using these algorithms can be estimated from behavior and from psychological observables (such as response times and eye tracking of attention), and used as parametric regressors to identify candidate brain circuits that appear to encode those regressors.

Keywords: game theory; theory of mind; strategic thinking; insula; cingulate; precuneus; medial prefrontal cortex

Article.  9036 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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