In case any of you have plans for going to the first NeuroPsychoEconomics conference in Munich this Thursday and Friday, let me know. Or if you’re just in the vicinity, you can also let me know. Neuroethicists and cognitive neuroscientists alike (as well as every else interested in this blog) should probably meet whenever possible.
The plan is to give a talk entitled something like “Individual biological differences and models of value-based decision making” (PDF). which hopefully will also soon be out as an article. Comments are of couse welcome. Here is the abstract teaser:
Neuroeconomics is the scientific, multidisciplinary study of value-based decision making. Recent advances in methods and findings in cognitive neuroscience have gained attention and influence on our understanding of the basic mechanisms of behaviour. With the advent of two new paradigms in cognitive neuroscience – imaging genetics and the cognitive neuroscience of ageing – the focus of brain-behaviour research is turning towards the study of normal variation and individual differences. As such, insights from these approaches hold the promise to provide a more detailed account of value-based decision making. In addition, this understanding may provide the means to induce short-term and reversible alterations in decision behaviours. In this paper, we present and discuss these insights and how they may inform the neuroeconomic study of decision making.