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NeuroeconomicsA guide to the new science of making choices$
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Peter Politser

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305821.001.0001

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Conclusion: Future Directions for the New Science

Conclusion: Future Directions for the New Science

(p.119) 5 Conclusion: Future Directions for the New Science

Peter Politser

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   economic models, decision making, neuroeconomic models, choice, neural circuits, cognitive functions

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