Introduction to Neuroscience

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A basic understanding of neurobiology is required of anyone who hopes to work in, or understand, neuroeconomics. For a reader unfamiliar with the basic elements of biology today, this chapter provides a short overview of the subject. It discusses the basic properties of nerve cells and provides a brief overview of the electrochemical equilibria that underlie the action potential. The basic properties of synaptic transmission are laid out. Principles of cortical coding, the notion of topographic mapping in the nervous system and basic patterns of neural connectivity - as the act to constrain neuroeconomic theory - are discussed. Finally, the chapter provides a primer in basic neuroanatomy that should be useful to anyone reading the neuroeconomic literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuroeconomics
Subtitle of host publicationDecision Making and the Brain: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780124160088
StatePublished - 2014


  • Action potential
  • Brain
  • Cortex
  • Neural coding
  • Neuron
  • Synapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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