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January 16, 2012

"The Neurobiological Mechanisms of Economic Choice":

Understanding Neuroeconomics in Decision-Making, January 17


Paul Glimcher, Ph.D., Julius Silver Professor of Neural Science, Economics, and Psychology, and Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics, New York University, will discuss Neuroeconomics. This new field that interfaces neuroscience, psychology, and economics has led to a renaissance in our understanding of human decision-making.



Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 12 noon - 1:30 PM


Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

37th & O Streets, NW

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium

Washington, D.C.

RSVP:  neuronette@gmail.com

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Kat Song, acting director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or kys2@georgetown.edu.


Over the past decade substantial progress has been made towards understanding human decision-making. Recent work has identified the mechanisms we use to assign value to the options with which we are faced, be they food, money, water, or social interactions. We also understand the basic mechanisms by which we and our nearest primate relatives choose between options, selecting some and rejecting others.

Professor Paul Glimcher is the founding president of the Society for Neuroeconomics, a new field that interfaces. He examines brain circuitry, physiology, and behavior with methodologies ranging from single-neuron electrophysiology to game theory, in an effort to figure out how we apply values to options when making decisions. His books include Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain, and Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics.

This program is sponsored by Georgetown University’s ODE Economics Honor Society, Economics Department, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, the McDonough School of Business, Psychology Department, and The Georgetown University Lecture Fund.