In one line of research, lab co-director Todd Braver and collegues are investigating the Neuroeconomics of age related changes in cognitive control. Neuroeconomics combines neuroscience, economics, and psychology to study how people make decisions. It looks at the role of the brain when we evaluate decisions, categorize risks and rewards, and interact with each other. Neuroeconomics is the subset that focuses on thought about our choices, especially the cognition that happens when we understand our options and then choose one. Neuroeconomics findings tend to confirm that emotions (among them hope and fear) are important factors in many economic choices.
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