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Neuroeconomics: Constructing Identity

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  • Davis, John B

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    (Department of Economics Marquette University)

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This paper asks whether neuroeconomics will make instrumental use of neuroscience to adjudicate existing disputes in economics or be more seriously informed by neuroscience in ways that might transform economics. The paper pursues the question by asking how neuroscience constructs an understanding of individuals as whole persons. The body of the paper is devoted to examining two approaches: Don Ross’s neurocellular approach to neuroeconomics and Joseph Dumit’s cultural anthropological science organization approach. The accounts are used to identify boundaries on single individual explanations. With that space Andy Clark’s external scaffolding view and Nathaniel Wilcox’s socially distributed cognition view are employed.

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Paper provided by Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics in its series Working Papers and Research with number 2010-08.

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Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mrq:wpaper:2010-08

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Keywords: neuroeconomics; behavioral economics; neurocellular economics; collective brainset; external scaffolding; socially distributed cognition; Economics;

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  1. Camerer, Colin F., 2008. "The Potential Of Neuroeconomics," Economics and Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 24(03), pages 369-379, November.
  2. Paul William Glimcher & Kenway Louie & Joseph Kable, 2007. "Neuroeconomic Studies of Impulsivity: Now or Just as Soon as Possible?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 97(2), pages 142-147, May.
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  6. Wilcox, Nathaniel T., 2008. "Against Simplicity And Cognitive Individualism," Economics and Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 24(03), pages 523-532, November.
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  1. Eugen Dimant, 2014. "The Nature of Corruption - An Interdisciplinary Perspective," Working Papers CIE 79, University of Paderborn, CIE Center for International Economics.
  2. Kurt Dopfer, 2013. "Evolutionary Economics," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2013-08, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Evolutionary Economics Group.

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