Neuroeconomics: Constructing Identity
AbstractThis 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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neuroeconomics; behavioral economics; neurocellular economics; collective brainset; external scaffolding; socially distributed cognition; Economics;
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- A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
- B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-10-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-EVO-2010-10-30 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-HPE-2010-10-30 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-NEU-2010-10-30 (Neuroeconomics)
- NEP-PKE-2010-10-30 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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