Neural game theory and the search for rational agents in the brain

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (2):155-156 (2003)
The advent of functional brain imaging has revolutionized the ability to understand the biological mechanisms underlying decision-making. Although it has been amply demonstrated that assumptions of rationality often break down in experimental games, there has not been an overarching theory of why this happens. I describe recent advances in functional brain imaging and suggest a framework for considering the function of the human reward system as a discrete agent.
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X0324005X
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