Conclusion: Future Directions for the New Science
This chapter begins with a review of the topics discussed in the preceding chapters. It then discusses the need to “remodel” ideas about the sources of choice and the lack of a systematic framework for designing and interpreting experiments in neuroeconomic studies. The chapter concludes that it is currently difficult to match specific neural circuits to particular neuroeconomic parameters. The understanding of any correspondences is likely to change, and some circuits may serve general cognitive functions that do not correspond well to any existing economic models. The complex modular operations of the brain also limit what we can say about the importance of any particular brain structure's role in decision making.
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