DescriptionThe biological revolution of the last 40 years has now positioned modern science to tackle one of the deepest and most vexing problems of the modern era - the biological basis of human choice. A large number of maladies that afflict the world today remain obscure due to an almost complete ignorance of the biological architecture of human decision-making. These maladies range from economic meltdowns, driven in large measure by widespread breakdowns in trust between individuals and institutions freezing commerce worldwide, to individual diseases in humans where the primary symptoms are dramatic and often involving pathological changes in decision-making.;;In their WEP lectures, Professors Chew and Coricelli will explore the neurobiological underpinnings of the human capacity to choose. The topics they will discuss include theoretical models of decision making and their experimental tests in incentivized laboratory settings augmented by the tools of molecular genetics, brain imaging, endocrinology and pharmacology.;;The goal of these investigations is to seek a deeper understanding of individual decision making under risk and involving time as well as social decision making involving other regarding behavior, such as altruism, fairness, and trust, and strategic thinking. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the completion of the human genome project has generated molecular genetic tools that can be leveraged to identify neuroanatomical and neurochemical pathways that shape the biology of choice.
Assistant professor. Department of Economics, University of Southern California. Director of the Neuroeconomics Team at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, French National Center for Scientific Research - CNRS, France .Principal investigator: PAT (Provincia Autonoma di Trento) research grant, Project: Neuroeconomics. Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy
Soo Hong Chew
Chew Soo Hong is professor at NUS’ Department of Economics and Department of Finance and an adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Chew received his Ph.D. (interdisciplinary studies) from the University of British Columbia in the areas of mathematics, economics, and management science, and his thesis won the Leonard J. Savage Prize awarded by the Econometric Society. He has previously taught at the University of California, Irvine; Johns Hopkins University; and University of Arizona. Professor Chew’s research interests include decision theory and biological economics, encompassing both behavioral economics and experimental economics. He has published in well regarded journals including Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, The Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. His recent research in biological economics has been published in more biology oriented journals such as Proceeding of the Royal Society B, Neuron, and PLoS ONE
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