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Neuroeconomics: Constructing identity


  • Davis, John B.


The paper asks whether neuroeconomics will make instrumental use of neuroscience to adjudicate existing disputes in economics or be more seriously transformed 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. Within that space Andy Clark's external scaffolding view and Nathaniel Wilcox's socially distributed cognition view are employed.

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  • Davis, John B., 2010. "Neuroeconomics: Constructing identity," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 76(3), pages 574-583, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:76:y:2010:i:3:p:574-583

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    1. Don Ross & Carla Sharp & Rudy E. Vuchinich & David Spurrett, 2008. "Midbrain Mutiny: The Picoeconomics and Neuroeconomics of Disordered Gambling: Economic Theory and Cognitive Science," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262182653, January.
    2. Don Ross, 2007. "Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262681684, January.
    3. Ross, Don, 2008. "Two Styles Of Neuroeconomics," Economics and Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 24(03), pages 473-483, November.
    4. Davis, John B., 2007. "Economic Theory and Cognitive Science, by Don Ross. MIT Press, 2005, 384 pages," Economics and Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(02), pages 245-252, July.
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    7. Kahneman, Daniel & Tversky, Amos, 1979. "Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision under Risk," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 47(2), pages 263-291, March.
    8. 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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    2. Kurt Dopfer, 2013. "Evolutionary Economics," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2013-08, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.

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    Neuroeconomics Behavioral economics Neurocellular economics Collective brainset External scaffolding Socially distributed cognition;

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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


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