Cross-talk in economics and neuroscience

Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde, Carl Schoonover

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Neuroeconomics is a recent extension of behavioural economics which aims at uncovering the brain mechanisms and activities that mediate regular and anomalous economic behaviour. Gul and Pesendorfer [2005] have launched a critique against the neuroeconomic research programme, based on what they argue is the incommensurability of the theoretical constructs employed by each respective discipline. To respond to their argument we envision and illustrate several "directions of instruction" between neuroscience and economics, and provide counterexamples to their critique. This disciplinary cross-talk soggests that neuroeconomics may play a crucial conceptual and methodological role in fostering the unity of behavioural sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-50
Number of pages16
JournalRevue d'Economie Politique
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotions
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Rationality
  • Unity of behavioural sciences
  • Value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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