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A review essay on social neuroscience: can research on the social brain and economics inform each other?


Alós-Ferrer, Carlos (2018). A review essay on social neuroscience: can research on the social brain and economics inform each other? Journal of Economic Literature, 56(1):234-264.

Abstract

Social neuroscience studies the "social brain," conceived as the set of brain structures and functions supporting the perception and evaluation of the social environment. This article provides an overview of the field, using the book Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Russell K. Schutt, Larry J. Seidman, and Matcheri S. Keshavan, editors) as a starting point. Topics include the evolution of the social brain, the concept of "theory of mind," the relevant brain networks, and documented failures of the social brain. I argue that social neuroscience and economics can greatly benefit from each other because the social brain underlies interpersonal decision making, as studied in economics.

Abstract

Social neuroscience studies the "social brain," conceived as the set of brain structures and functions supporting the perception and evaluation of the social environment. This article provides an overview of the field, using the book Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Russell K. Schutt, Larry J. Seidman, and Matcheri S. Keshavan, editors) as a starting point. Topics include the evolution of the social brain, the concept of "theory of mind," the relevant brain networks, and documented failures of the social brain. I argue that social neuroscience and economics can greatly benefit from each other because the social brain underlies interpersonal decision making, as studied in economics.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:March 2018
Deposited On:05 Jun 2018 09:10
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 07:18
Publisher:American Economic Association
ISSN:0022-0515
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1257/jel.20171370
Official URL:https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/jel.20171370

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