Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics by Paul W. Glimcher

Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics by Paul W. Glimcher

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An original argument for abandoning classical Cartesian dualism in favor of a model of brain and behavior based on classical microeconomics theory.

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In this provocative book, Paul Glimcher argues that economic theory may provide an alternative to the classical Cartesian model of the brain and behavior. Glimcher argues that Cartesian dualism operates from the false premise that the reflex is able to describe behavior in the real world that animals inhabit. A mathematically rich cognitive theory, he claims, could solve the most difficult problems that any environment could present, eliminating the need for dualism by eliminating the need for a reflex theory. Such a mathematically rigorous description of the neural processes that connect sensation and action, he explains, will have its roots in microeconomic theory. Economic theory allows physiologists to define both the optimal course of action that an animal might select and a mathematical route by which that optimal solution can be derived. Glimcher outlines what an economics-based cognitive model might look like and how one would begin to test it empirically. Along the way, he presents a fascinating history of neuroscience. He also discusses related questions about determinism, free will, and the stochastic nature of complex behavior.

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SKU GOR006479160
Title Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics
Author By (author) Paul W. Glimcher
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Year Published 2004
Number of Pages 395
ISBN 10 0262572273
ISBN 13 9780262572279
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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In this provocative book, Paul Glimcher argues that economic theory may provide an alternative to the classical Cartesian model of the brain and behavior. Glimcher argues that Cartesian dualism operates from the false premise that the reflex is able to describe behavior in the real world that animals inhabit. A mathematically rich cognitive theory, he claims, could solve the most difficult problems that any environment could present, eliminating the need for dualism by eliminating the need for a reflex theory. Such a mathematically rigorous description of the neural processes that connect sensation and action, he explains, will have its roots in microeconomic theory. Economic theory allows physiologists to define both the optimal course of action that an animal might select and a mathematical route by which that optimal solution can be derived. Glimcher outlines what an economics-based cognitive model might look like and how one would begin to test it empirically. Along the way, he presents a fascinating history of neuroscience. He also discusses related questions about determinism, free will, and the stochastic nature of complex behavior.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR006479160
Title Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics
Author By (author) Paul W. Glimcher
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Year Published 2004
Number of Pages 395
ISBN 10 0262572273
ISBN 13 9780262572279
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No