Emotion and Reason: The cognitive neuroscience of decision making

Paperback | June 28, 2006

byAlain BerthozTranslated byGiselle Weiss

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Decision making is an area of profound importance to a wide range of specialities - for psychologists, economists, lawyers, clinicians, managers, and of course philosophers. Only relatively recently, though, have we begun to really understand how decision making processes are implemented inthe brain, and how they might interact with our emotions. 'Emotion and Reason' presents a groundbreaking new approach to understanding decision making processes and their neural bases. The book presents a sweeping survey of the science of decision making. It examines the brain mechanisms involved in making decisions, and controversially proposes thatmany of our perceptual actions are essentially decision making processes. Whether looking, listening, hearing, or moving, we choose to attend to certain stimuli, at the expense of others. In some psychiatric disorders the inability to respond selectively to certain stimuli can be harmful - suchpathologies of decision making are additionally considered. Berthoz also considers how many decision making processes involve an internal dialogue with our other self, and how this dialogue with our "doppelganger" might be represented in the brain. He considers the important implications that aneuroscience of decision making can have for the judiciary - how we apportion blame and responsibility; for economics - with discussion of the growing field of neuroeconomics; and for theories of management. Lastly he examines decision making and creativity - if perception relies in part ondecision making processes, how might this alter our view of the artistic process. Written by a neuroscientist of international fame and accessible for both scientists and non-scientists, this book is the most exhaustive examination of the science of decision making yet.

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Decision making is an area of profound importance to a wide range of specialities - for psychologists, economists, lawyers, clinicians, managers, and of course philosophers. Only relatively recently, though, have we begun to really understand how decision making processes are implemented inthe brain, and how they might interact with ou...

Alain Berthoz is at Director, Laboratory of Perception and Action, UMR/CNRS, College de France, Paris, France.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.69 inPublished:June 28, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introductionpart I - Is Decision Making Rational or Irrational?1. The brain: gambler and logician2. Decision making and emotion3. The pathology of decision makingPart II - Decision Making with my Second Self4. Fight or flight5. Walking and balance6. Deliberating with one's body: me and my second selfPart III - Perception, Preference and Decision Making7. To perceive visually is to decide: the physiology of doubt8. Decision making and shape recognition: ambiguity and rivalry9. Sensory conflict: perception of movement10. FountainsPart IV - Magical Thinking11. The physiology of preference12. "I think, therefore I suppress"13. The brain as emulator and generator of strategies : the vagabond thoughtEpilogue

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`"Believing as I do, that any simple look or action entails a choice, and that emotions are prepackaged decisions of great complexity, I welcome this text by Alain Berthoz and its thoughtful contributions"'Antonio Damasio author of Descartes' Error and Looking for Spinoza and Director, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California