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Introduction to Neuroeconomics: How the Brain Makes Decisions

Higher School of Economics via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Psychology
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Effort 6-8 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 9 weeks long

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Economics, psychology, and neuroscience are converging today into a unified discipline of Neuroeconomics with the ultimate aim of creating a single, general theory of human decision-making.

Neuroeconomics provides biologists, economists, psychologists and social scientists with a deeper understanding of how they make their own decisions and how others decide. Neuroscience, when allied with psychology and economics, creates powerful new models to explain why we make decisions. Neurobiological mechanisms of decision-making, decisions under risk, trust and cooperation will be central issues in this course. You will be provided with the most recent evidence from brain-imaging techniques (fMRI, TMS, etc.) and introduced to the explanatory models behind them.

The course does not require any prior study of economics and neuroscience; however, it might require you to study novel interdisciplinary materials. The course provides an introduction to the methodology, assumptions, and main findings of Neuroeconomics. Our students have different backgrounds; therefore, I have adapted and simplified the course to allow all students to understand the interdisciplinary content. This course will help you to start your progress in the field of Neuroeconomics and to further develop your skills during other more advanced courses and trainings in the future. For some topics, the course will also provide supplementary videos to reveal the opinions of leading experts in the field. Each module provides optional reading material.

The course structure is as follows: During each video, you will have to answer some relevant questions. Your answers will not affect your final grade. At the end of each module, you must complete a quiz consisting of 15 questions. To pass the course, you must reach a satisfactory standard in all the course modules by completing all graded quizzes and the final exam. In addition to watching video lectures and taking quizzes, you will receive an invitation to join our forum. We plan to join the discussions in the forum on a weekly basis.

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Taught by

Vasily Klucharev

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Francesco R
4.0 2 years ago
by Francesco completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The topic is really fascinating and its cross-disciplinary approach to decision making really worth exploring: there is a lot to learn from neuroeconomical experiments whether you already have a background in economics or in psychology, and prof Klucharev presents plenty of them.

The structure of the course is very clear and gradual, and the bases of the theory are repeated over the course, so it is really difficult to miss them.

The presentation is clear, even though I think the professor's voice is overall quite flat, despite his clear passion over the subject.
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5.0 4 years ago
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The class is still going on, and Dr. Vasily Klucharev is doing a great work! Explains the topics clearly & with a lot of examples, and the videos are properly designed in a professional way. Completely worth it.
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5.0 3 years ago
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I took this course for personal interest, not credit, and found it to be a fascinating introduction to the interdisciplinary field of neuroeconomics. Would love to learn more.
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Jason C
5.0 2 years ago
by Jason completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The lectures can be a bit dry, but this is a wonderfully fascinating subject, and well worth the time to explore if you're at all interested in human behavior!
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Nuthan P
5.0 11 months ago
by Nuthan completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
One of the best courses I've taken online. Covers every necessary aspect to understand how Humans and animals alike take decisions. Good audio and video quality, excellent presentation, application relevance are impactful. Besides huge scope in studies, it also has a wide scale of applications.
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