This book addresses a fundamental question about the nature of
behavior: how does the brain process reward and makes decisions
when facing multiple options? The book presents the most recent and
compelling lesion, neuroimaging, electrophysiological and
computational studies, in combination with hormonal and genetic
studies, which have led to a clearer understanding of neural
mechanisms behind reward and decision making. The neural bases of
reward and decision making processes are of great interest to
scientists because of the fundamental role of reward in a number of
behavioral processes (such as motivation, learning and cognition)
and because of their theoretical and clinical implications for
understanding dysfunctions of the dopaminergic system in several
neurological and psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia, Parkinson's
disease, drug addiction, pathological gambling, ...).
* Comprehensive coverage of approaches to studying reward and
decision making, including primate neurophysiology and brain
imaging studies in healthy humans and in various disorders, genetic
and hormonal influences on the reward system and computational
* Covers clinical implications of process dysfunction (e.g.,
schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, eating disorders, drug
addiction, pathological gambling)
* Uses multiple levels of analysis, from molecular mechanisms to
neural systems dynamics and computational models.
" "This is a very interesting and authoritative handbook by some
of the most outstanding investigators in the field of reward and
decision making "," Professor Edmund T. Rolls, Oxford Center for
Computational Neuroscience, UK
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