Cooperation in the brain: Neuroscientific contributions to theory and policy
SourceCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 3, (2015), pp. 117-121
Article / Letter to editor
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PI Group Decision Neuroscience
SW OZ BSI SCP
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Subject140 000 Decision neuroscience; Behaviour Change and Well-being
An intriguing feature of human social interaction is the degree to which we are willing to cooperate with others, even when this cooperation is risky and can make us vulnerable. Recent advances in neuroscientific research have begun to provide additional insights into the neural mechanisms of cooperation that can help to better understand the psychological processes that underlie cooperative behavior. In turn, these models of cooperative decision-making can play a valuable role in informing and developing policy interventions aimed at improving societal level cooperation. Here, we outline several lines of current research that are proving useful in understanding the nature of cooperative decision-making, and outline how these research themes can provide promising insights for the development of more effective policy campaigns.
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