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Pop science: consciousness and free will

The questions of consciousness and free will used to be the domain of philosophers and psychologist. With the onset of neuroimaging, neuroscientists have started looking for the ‘neural correlates of consciousness’, but this has proven illusive so far. This is partly due to ambiguity in the definitions of consciousness and …

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Pop science books: decisions, happiness and the brain

Our unconscious plays a huge role in our decisions and actions in every-day life, and that’s nothing new. Now that neuroscientists have started looking at our conscious and subconscious self¬†there has been a new surge in books covering intuition, subconscious biases of choice, and how habits shape our life. Here …

Best textbooks in neuroeconomics and decision-making

Neuroeconomics has moved into neuroscience and psychology at an amazing pace over the past decade. Economic theories used to be far removed from actual human behavior, leading to models of optimal choice that could not explain humans very well. Neuroeconomics attempts to change that by grounding economic theory in the …