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Aims of the course

The goal of the course is to introduce students to neuroeconomics and enable them to critically evaluate research in the field, as well as familiarise them with tools and experimental settings for research in neuroeconomics.

Course syllabus

1 Introduction & history of neuro-economics
• Scope of the course, expectations
• History of neuroeconomics
2 Rationality and economic theory
• The classics
• Neoclassics
• Keynes
• Friedman
• Behavioral and experimental economics
3 Basics about the human brain and mind (cognitive neuroscience)
• Anatomy of brain
• Nervous system
• Imaged brain
• Cognitive processes (vision, attention, memory, emotions, problem solving, decision making…)
• Methods to study brain
• Applications to economics
4 Risks, rewards and uncertainty
5 Decision making
• Hormones
• Genes
• Emotions
• Values and value-based decision making
• Benefits and costs
6 Contemporary research in neuro economics
• Marketing
• Finance
7 Ethical issues

Course director(s)

  • Office Hours
  • Tuesday at 13:00 in RZ-204
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