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

Hardcover | August 1, 2013

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This book details the science behind decision-making in humans. Understanding how the human decision-making system works has enormous implications for understanding who we are, what we do, and why we make the choices we make. By bringing together the tremendous work that has been done by manyscientists researching brains, decision-making, and machines over the last few decades, we can begin to get an understanding of ourselves. In this book, with humor, science, and poetry, David Redish discusses what is known about how brains work, what is known about how we make decisions, and what isknown about how that decision-making machinery can break down under certain conditions to explain irrationality, addiction, and other strange behavior.The primary thesis of this book is that humans are animals that make decisions through computations engaged in by a decision-making machine. This book brings together the new technological breakthroughs that have appeared in the last few decades, the new theoretical progress that has been made inthe neuroscience of decision-making in the last decade, and new revelations concerning how decision-making systems fail in both human and non-human mammals, to create a unified theory of decision-making and its vulnerabilities.
A. David Redish is Professor in the Department of 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:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199891885

ISBN - 13:9780199891887

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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 roboticsEpilogueAppendix:A Information processing in neuronsB Gleaning information from the brainC Content-addressable memoryBibliography