Neuroscientists and psychologists are trying to better understand how people make financial decisions.
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#Neuroeconomics, an off-shoot of #behaviouraleconomics, emerged as a new field of study in the early 2000s’ when economists, neuroscientists and psychologists began collaborating to better understand how people make financial decisions. Their aim was to fill in some of the gaps in economic theory.