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Better Than Conscious?Decision Making, the Human Mind, and Implications For Institutions$
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Christoph Engel and Wolf Singer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262195805

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262195805.001.0001

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Brain Signatures of Social Decision Making

Brain Signatures of Social Decision Making

(p.103) 5 Brain Signatures of Social Decision Making
Better Than Conscious?

Kevin McCabe

Tania Singer

The MIT Press

Over the last decade much progress has been made in the study of social decision making. From economics and game theory, tasks have been defined to study the strategic interaction involving trust (the investment/trust game) and negotiation (the ultimatum game). From cognitive neuroscience and neuroeconomics, areas of the brain have been identified that allow individuals to share affective (empathy) or abstract mental (ToM) states. Activities in these areas of the brain are also found to be correlated with the strategies that people use in the economic games. Current research hopes to explain general principles of cortical computation that can explain the role of shared mental content in shaping the strategic decisions of interacting players.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, affective state, empathy, genetic evolution, institutional design, social decision making, theory of mind, trust, ultimatum game

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