MOOC on neuroeconomics

Slightly short notice, but for any of you who might be interested in learning more about how the brain makes decisions, there’s a massive online open course starting tomorrow (June 23) on the topic of neuroeconomics. I have no idea if the course is any good, but it would probably be at least a decent primer on the neuroscience and psychology of how the brain evaluates and processes evidence in order to make a decision – from the level of neurons (e.g. “Neural representation of the subjective value, basal ganglia and choice value” which would cover how information about your ongoing behaviour and its consequences feeds into the basal ganglia, which then assess whether the outcomes of your behaviour are better or worse than expected, and then provide that evaluation back to the more frontal brain regions to come up with a plan for subsequent action – like should you change your behaviour because the outcome was poorer than you expected?) to the interpersonal level and group interactions (social psychology and group dynamics/behaviour are always fascinating to study – they were certainly some of my favourite undergraduate courses when I was at university).

If you end up doing the course, let me know how it goes!

5 Thoughts on “MOOC on neuroeconomics

  1. Edwina on June 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm said:

    I had funnily enough already stumbled across coursera recently and signed up for the course ! I don’t have high expectations for it but I’m definitely interested.

    • I found the link to it via one of the neuroscience blogs I follow and I was hoping it would be quite technical and would go into plenty of detail regarding the economic side of things – but looking at the course outline, it seems like it’ll be mainly quite basic neuroscience/psychology stuff, so not that useful for me at all! But hopefully there would be at least a few useful or interesting things in there for other people. Sometimes these courses are good just because learning the content as part of a course can mean you retain the info a bit better than if you were just reading it passively, so… fingers crossed you enjoy it and find it useful in some way!

  2. Ah, interesting course! I’m a bit late but I might join – if I can find time (always the same issue of making time for so many things at once…)

    In any case thanks for pointing that out :)

  3. Wish I saw this earlier! It would have been interesting with my economics background. Sorry I didn’t find about your new site until now. I had been busy sorting out stuff IRL now that I’ve graduate college that I didn’t really keep up with any of you lovely people. Glad you’re blogging again, btw. I hope we stay in touch since I might be in Europe later in the year and I would like to meet up for coffee :)

    • Jess on July 3, 2014 at 10:52 pm said:

      Oh, definitely drop me a line if/when you’re in the vicinity of London – I’m there pretty frequently and hopefully we could work out a meet-up!

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