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

Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain : The Science of Neuroeconomics

The Science of Neuroeconomics

Paperback Published: November 2004
ISBN: 9780262572279
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Winner in the category of Medical Science in the 2003 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. 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.

"Provocative.... This book will surely ignite discussion soul searching among serious neuroscientists, and Glimcher has bravely offered us a clear model to talk about." - P. Read Montague, Nature

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Further Readingp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Historical Approaches
Rene Descartes and the Birth of Neurosciencep. 3
Inventing the Reflexp. 33
Charles Sherrington and the Propositional Logic of Reflexesp. 55
Finding the Limits of the Sherringtonian Paradigmp. 77
Neurobiology Today: Beyond Reflexology?p. 111
Global Computation: An Alternative to Sherrington?p. 131
Modularity and Evolutionp. 145
Defining the Goal: Extending Marr's Approachp. 171
Evolution, Probability, and Economicsp. 205
Probability, Valuation, and Neural Circuits: A Case Studyp. 225
Irreducible Uncertainty and the Theory of Gamesp. 271
Games and the Brainp. 299
Putting It All Together I. Behavior and Physiologyp. 319
Putting It All Together II. Philosophical Implicationsp. 337
Referencesp. 347
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780262572279
ISBN-10: 0262572273
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: November 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 22.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.53