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From cognitive science to cognitive neuroscience to neuroeconomics

Quartz, Steven R. (2008) From cognitive science to cognitive neuroscience to neuroeconomics. Economics and Philosophy, 24 (Specia). pp. 459-471. ISSN 0266-2671. doi:10.1017/S0266267108002083.

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As an emerging discipline, neuroeconomics faces considerable methodological and practical challenges. In this paper, I suggest that these challenges can be understood by exploring the similarities and dissimilarities between the emergence of neuroeconomics and the emergence of cognitive and computational neuroscience two decades ago. From these parallels, I suggest the major challenge facing theory formation in the neural and behavioural sciences is that of being under-constrained by data, making a detailed understanding of physical implementation necessary for theory construction in neuroeconomics. Rather than following a top-down strategy, neuroeconomists should be pragmatic in the use of available data from animal models, information regarding neural pathways and projections, computational models of neural function, functional imaging and behavioural data. By providing convergent evidence across multiple levels of organization, neuroeconomics will have its most promising prospects of success.

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Official Citation:Steven R. Quartz (2008). FROM COGNITIVE SCIENCE TO COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE TO NEUROECONOMICS. Economics and Philosophy, 24, pp 459-471 doi:10.1017/S0266267108002083
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