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Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis$
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Paul W. Glimcher

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744251

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744251.001.0001

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The Basics of Dopamine: How We Learn and Store Value

The Basics of Dopamine: How We Learn and Store Value

(p.299) 13 The Basics of Dopamine: How We Learn and Store Value
Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis

Paul W. Glimcher

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the anatomy of the neural circuits associated with dopamine and valuation; presents theories of reinforcement learning from psychology and computer science that predate dopaminergic studies of valuation; examines experimental work that forged a relationship between dopamine and these pre-existing computational theories; and reductively follows these insights all the way down to the behavior of ion channels. It shows that a neuroeconomic theory of valuation sweeps effectively from cell membranes to utility theory, and that constraints derived from each interlocking level of analysis provide useful tools for better understanding how we decide.

Keywords:   neural circuits, neuroeconomic theory, valuation, dopamine, reinforcement learning

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