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"Neurobiology of Economic Decisions"

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“Economic choice is the behavior observed when individuals make choices solely based on subjective preferences. Representative examples include choices made out of a restaurant menu and choices between different financial investments. Economic choice is thought to involve two mental stages: subjective values are assigned to the available options, and a decision is made by comparing values. Lesion studies in humans and other species establish a link between economic decisions and the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). In a series of studies conducted in non-human primates, we identified in this area three groups of neurons encoding the identities and subjective values of offered and chosen goods. In the seminar, I will describe our current understanding of this neural circuit and the role it may play in economic decisions.”

This talk is part of the Adrian Seminars in Neuroscience series.

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