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Neuroeconomics: Constructing Identity

John Davis ()

No 2010-08, Working Papers and Research from Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper asks whether neuroeconomics will make instrumental use of neuroscience to adjudicate existing disputes in economics or be more seriously informed by neuroscience in ways that might transform economics. The paper pursues the question by asking how neuroscience constructs an understanding of individuals as whole persons. The body of the paper is devoted to examining two approaches: Don Ross’s neurocellular approach to neuroeconomics and Joseph Dumit’s cultural anthropological science organization approach. The accounts are used to identify boundaries on single individual explanations. With that space Andy Clark’s external scaffolding view and Nathaniel Wilcox’s socially distributed cognition view are employed.

Keywords: neuroeconomics; behavioral economics; neurocellular economics; collective brainset; external scaffolding; socially distributed cognition; Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 B41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-hpe, nep-neu and nep-pke
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