This course aims to provide a concise picture of available evidence in Decision neuroscience, i.e. of the cognitive processes and neural mechanisms underlying different facets of decision-making in the individual and social contexts. The close relationship between neuroeconomics and neuroethics will be addressed in terms of the neural correlates of choices characterized by social and moral, besides individual and economics, valence. The implications of the results provided by these disciplines for neuro-psychiatric and forensic settings will be also discussed.
These goals will be pursued with an interdisciplinary approach aimed to establish connections between theoretical and empirical inputs from distinct but related research fields, such as psychology of judgment and decision-making, experimental economics, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.
A section of the course will be devoted to a collective discussion of key topics within neuroeconomics, based on scientific papers previously analyzed at the individual level.
After the course, participants will be expected to be able to:
• discuss in-depth the main trajectories of research in neuroeconomics
• understand and critically examine the data reported in scientific papers relevant to the topics addressed by neuroeconomics
• develop proposals for original studies concerning the different sub-fields of neuroeconomics, which could be pursued with the typical techniques of cognitive neuroscience (neuroimaging, neurostimulation, lesional approach)
- Teacher: NICOLA CANESSA