Archivio per 13 dicembre 2011

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Europe and Investor Behavior – Forbes

Via Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Last week I had the privilege of seeing Daniel Kahneman, professor of psychology at Princeton University, speak in New York. Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002 for his pioneering work in behavioral finance.
Via www.forbes.com

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The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations

Via Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Explanations of psychological phenomena seem to generate more public interest when they contain neuroscientific information. Even irrelevant neuroscience information in an explanation of a psychological phenomenon may interfere with people’s abilities to critically consider the underlying logic of this explanation. We tested this hypothesis by giving naïve adults, students in a neuroscience course, and neuroscience experts brief descriptions of psychological phenomena followed by one of four types of explanation, according to a 2 (good explanation vs. bad explanation) × 2 (without neuroscience vs. with neuroscience) design. Crucially, the neuroscience information was irrelevant to the logic of the explanation, as confirmed by the expert subjects. Subjects in all three groups judged good explanations as more satisfying than bad ones. But subjects in the two nonexpert groups additionally judged that explanations with logically irrelevant neuroscience information were more satisfying than explanations without. The neuroscience information had a particularly striking effect on nonexperts’ judgments of bad explanations, masking otherwise salient problems in these explanations.
Via www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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The Future Of Economic Forecasting -How to model irrational behavior in the markets?

Via Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond
Ever wonder why you succumbed, yet again, to advertising hype or deceptive packaging and overpaid for a product? Or bought securities that you know were overvalued when the herd instinct was just too strong to resist? Such irrationality is the focus of behavioral economists, who appear to be gaining greater credibility in macroeconomic circles since the housing bubble of 2008 and the ensuing global financial meltdown. They are also at the center of an age-old debate recently reignited by columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman in a Sept. 6 New York Times Magazine article titled, “How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?,” which fires a salvo at the assumption underlying neoclassical economics–namely, that free markets are inherently rational and efficient.
Via www.forbes.com

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Five Big Developments in Neuroscience to Watch – Forbes

Via Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Neuroscience is in many ways a discipline still in its infancy, making it ripe for claims that veer closer to science fiction than science. In this post I’ve taken a cut at describing five real-deal developments in neuroscience that are going to heat up in the years to come, along with implications pro and con.
Via www.forbes.com

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Why Leaders Should Care About Cognitive Neuroscience

Via Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Everyone has an opinion on the issue of determinism and free will and most people accept the idea of determinism but nonetheless believe they are in charge of their actions. Busy people are willing to accept these disparate views and just live life. For those who stop a second and wonder, “hey how does that all work?” this is the book for them. It tells the story of my life in brain research and how after 50 years of it, I have come to think about the crucially important idea of personal responsibility in a determined brain.
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