Neuroeconomics: the neurobiology of decision-making



The ongoing synthesis of economic sciences, psychology and neuroscience in the new discipline of neuroeconomics, as well as development of new neuroimaging methods promise the appearance of a new interdisciplinary model, which explains decision-making mechanisms. The results of the neuroeconomical studies show that decision-making is determined by the work of relatively independent neural systems in the brain, chosen through natural selection. Interaction of «cognitive» and «emotional» neural mechanisms of decision making determines the degree of the rationality of human behavior.

General Information

Keywords: : neuroeconomics, neurobiology, decision making, social influence, temporal discounting, moral dilemma, fMRI

Journal rubric: Psychophysiology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Klucharev V.A., Smidts A., Shestakova A.N. Neuroeconomics: the neurobiology of decision-making . Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2011. Vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 14–35. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

Information About the Authors

Vasily A. Klucharev, PhD in Biology, Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia; University of Basel, Switzerland, Basel, Switzerland, e-mail:

Ale Smidts, PhD, Ph.D. in Marketing, Professor, Director of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands, e-mail:

Anna N. Shestakova, PhD, Director, Centre for Cognition and Decision Making, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:



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