Neuroeconomics is essentially the science of decision-making. It helps to make sense of how we humans behave and act in an economic world. It is a newly emerging discipline that bridges psychology, neuroscience and economics. Behavioral economics has shown that humans don’t always work in the ways that economic theories would predict; that is, in a way that optimizes utility. Humans are unpredictable, irrational, smart, innovative, adaptable, greedy and selfish when it comes to many decision points. Yet we do live in communities, do things for free and can show empathy. This course will try to show what phenomenological (experiment-based) and abstract (theoretical) approaches we can understand a human in a capitalist world. So for anyone interested in economics, mathematics, psychology, neuroscience, and beyond. The only required prerequisite is curiosity. Examples of topics within this social neuroscience field will be topics from this research discipline that examines how the brain mediates social processes and behaviour. Namely, fundamentals of Game Theory, Imaging Techniques, Neuroscience, Strategic Thinking, Risk taking.
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