Neuroeconomics, Judgment, and Decision Making

Edited by E.A Wilhelms and V.F. Reyna, Psychology Press, 2015

 

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Drawing on perspectives from the early roots of psychology through the latest neuroscience, "Neuroeconomics, Judgment and Decision Making" (Psychology Press) introduces what we know about how and why people make decisions with economic consequences (e.g., saving money, donating to charity, choosing medical treatment). The volume edited by Valerie Reyna and graduate student Evan Wilhelms and authored by leading neuroeconomists, neuroscientists and social scientists, answers broad questions about the ways developmental, neurological and individual differences influence our choices; whether deciding quickly is good or bad; whether emotional reactions lead us astray or help; how decision processes change over the lifespan; and the nature of expertise.

 

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The Neuroscience of Risky Decision Making

Edited by V.F. Reyna and V. Zayas, American Psychological Association, 2014

 

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Risky choices - about sex, drugs and drinking, as well as diet, exercise, money and health care - pervade our lives and can have dire consequences. Now, a new book aims to help us understand the neural roots of bad decisions. "The Neuroscience of Risky Decision Making" (APA Books) synthesizes the research in this relatively young field for the first time, and introduces new models of brain function to explain and predict risky behavior. In the book, leading neuroeconomists, neuroscientists and social scientists discuss recent findings on why people take risks and how risky choices shift in different circumstances and across the life span.

 

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The Adolescent Brain: Learning, Reasoning and Decision Making

Edited by V.F. Reyna, S.B. Chapman, and M.R. Dougherty, American Psychological Association, 2011

 

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Teenage brains undergo big changes, and they won't look or function like adult brains until well into one's 20s. In this first book on the adolescent brain and development of higher cognition, Valerie Reyna helps highlight recent neuroscience discoveries about how the brain develops and their implications for real-world problems and how we teach young people and prepare them to make healthy life choices. "The Adolescent Brain" (APA Books) addresses the major changes in memory, learning and decision making experienced by adolescents as they mature, beginning with a review of the changes in brain anatomy and physiology based on extensive neuroimaging studies.

 

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The Science of False Memory

by C.J. Brainerd and V.F. Reyna, Oxford University Press, 2005

 

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Children and adolescents - even adults for that matter - may report with all sincerity that they had been sexually abused inthe past or witnessed a murder or other crimes. But sometimes the person,though earnest, is wrong: The memory is a false one. Having false memories - "recalling" events that did not happen - is a real phenomenon that is vitally important to law and medicine. Since it has only been readily recognized since the early 1990s, the science of false memory is a complex and burgeoning field. In "The Science of False Memory" (Oxford University Press), professors Charles Brainerd and Valerie Reyna bring together and makes accessible to the general reader the decade or so of intensive research on false memory.

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