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Deepak Chopra has moved into the domain of the brain… and it should come as no surprise that what he claims is not only laughably erroneous, but also deeply misleading and ignoring the vast amounts of data for the view he so eagerly wants to discard. Why do I even bother? Because I care! I […]

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What is neuromarketing…really??? Is it a bunch of hot-headed commercial agents that think there is a shortcut to consumer’s brains, and that there are easy-peasy solutions on how to affect consumers’ attention, memory, emotions and WTP? Or is neuromarketing an academic branch of, say, neuroeconomics? With a firm agenda on what to study, what the […]

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Just out now in the Journal of Economic Psychology, Martin and I have an article (PDF) in which we describe different ways in which genetic (and neurotransmitter) variation can affect decision making. Indeed, there are many ways in which this can happen. Our first concern was to carve out some of the roles of emotional […]

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Just noticed this very attractive title by the Brafman brothers- The book, Sway – the irresistable pull of irrational behavior, “will challenge your every thought”, according to a NY Times review. And it gets similarly good reviews from other prominent people, like Michael Shermer, the author of the recent book The mind of the market, […]

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Can antidepressive medicine alter your decision behaviour? A recent paper in Science now demonstrates that alterations in subjects’ serotonin levels leads to significant changes in their decision making behaviour. In the study, subjects were set to play the Ultimatum Game repeatedly. Subjects had to do the task two times at two different days, and at […]

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In relation to our previous and well-visited post about oxytocin, we should mention a new study that uses this very substance in a neuroeconomic set-up. In the study, recently published by Neuron, and headed by Baumgartner et al., it was found that the administration of oxytocin affected subjects’ in a trust game. In particular, it […]

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Dan Dennett is interviewed by Robert Wright about his views on evolution and consciousness. Their views on evolution differ, especially with Wright's contention that evolution is goal-oriented in someway, and that history progresses in a predictable direction and points toward a certain end: a world of increasing human cooperation where greed and hatred have outlived […]

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Brain dread

You know you are going to receive an electric shock. But you have the opportunity to choose whether you will receive the shock immediately or a bit later. What will you choose? Given the choice, many people choose to get it over with immediately. Theories about decision assume that the choice of early shock is […]

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Neuroscience affects the way we think about ourselves. It affects how we think of normal and abnormal minds. It has influence on how people are judged according to law, whether they have been acting willfully or under the effect of psychoactive drugs, sleep disturbance, brain injury or psychiatric disease. But how do our scientific models […]

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In the wake of my post yesterday about US government attempts to build a workable lie detector for use in the war on terror, here is an article about Jonathan Moreno, bioethics adviser for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, who has a book coming out later this year entitled Mind Wars: National Security and the […]

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