The Mind within the Brain: How We Make Decisions and How those Decisions Go Wrong by A. David Redish

The Mind within the Brain: How We Make Decisions and How those Decisions Go Wrong

byA. David Redish

Paperback | July 2, 2015

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In The Mind within the Brain, David Redish brings together cutting edge research in psychology, robotics, economics, neuroscience, and the new fields of neuroeconomics and computational psychiatry, to offer a unified theory of human decision-making. Most importantly, Redish shows howvulnerabilities, or "failure-modes," in the decision-making system can lead to serious dysfunctions, such as irrational behavior, addictions, problem gambling, and PTSD. Told with verve and humor in an easily readable style, Redish makes these difficult concepts understandable. Ranging widely from the surprising roles of emotion, habit, and narrative in decision-making, to the larger philosophical questions of how mind and brain are related, what makes us human, thenature of morality, free will, and the conundrum of robotics and consciousness, The Mind within the Brain offers fresh insight into one of the most complex aspects of human behavior.

About The Author

A. David Redish is Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.

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Title:The Mind within the Brain: How We Make Decisions and How those Decisions Go WrongFormat:PaperbackDimensions:394 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190263172

ISBN - 13:9780190263171

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Table of Contents

Decisions and the brain1. What is a decision?2. The tale of the thermostat3. The definition of value4. Value, euphoria, and the do-it-again signal5. Risk and rewardThe decision-making system6. Multiple Decision-making systems7. Reflexes8. Emotion and the Pavlovian action-selection system9. Deliberation10. The habits of our lives11. Integrating Information12. The stories we tell13. Motivation14. The tradeoff between exploration and exploitation15. Self-controlThe brain with a mind of its own16. The physical mind17. Imagination18. Addiction19. Gambling and behavioral addictions20. PTSD21. Computational psychiatryThe human condition22. What makes us human?23. The science of morality24. The conundrum of roboticsAppendixA Information processing in neuronsB Gleaning information from the brainC Content-addressable memoryBibliography

Editorial Reviews

"Over the last decade there has been an explosion in our understanding of how the brain makes decisions. This book, written by one of the leading scholars in the field, is a must read for anyone interested in this area." --Antonio Rangel, Professor of Neuroscience and Economics, California Institute of Technology