A framework for studying the neurobiology of value-based decision making

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2008 Jul;9(7):545-56. doi: 10.1038/nrn2357. Epub 2008 Jun 11.


Neuroeconomics is the study of the neurobiological and computational basis of value-based decision making. Its goal is to provide a biologically based account of human behaviour that can be applied in both the natural and the social sciences. This Review proposes a framework to investigate different aspects of the neurobiology of decision making. The framework allows us to bring together recent findings in the field, highlight some of the most important outstanding problems, define a common lexicon that bridges the different disciplines that inform neuroeconomics, and point the way to future applications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Decision Making / physiology*
  • Decision Theory
  • Habits
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Neurobiology*
  • Risk
  • Social Values*