The Neuroscience of Decision Making
In an attempt to put matter over mind, researchers are beginning to decipher what exactly is happening in our brains when we are making decisions. Our thoughts, though abstract and vaporous in form, are determined by the actions of specific neuronal circuits in our brains. The interdisciplinary field known as “decision neuroscience” is uncovering those circuits, thereby mapping thinking on a cellular level. Recently, three experts in decision neuroscience discussed their work, describing the genesis of this cutting-edge field and why it incorporates several disciplines. DAEYEOL LEE, PhD, Department of Neurobiology and Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine C. The following is an edited transcript of the teleconference. THE KAVLI FOUNDATION (TKF): Decision neuroscience is a young field. C. LEE: There definitely was a paradigm shift when people realized they could ask more complicated questions related to thinking and decision-making. WANG: Yes.