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What happens when brain science enters the policy arena? As our country faces economic, health, and environmental crises, a growing number of policy makers are looking to brain research to find better ways of guiding behavior and creating wise templates for governance.
Neuroeconomics, which marries behavioral economics research with neuroscience tools, looks at one aspect of human behavior particularly relevant to public policy — we nearly always value the present at the expense of the future. In this lecture, MIT cultural anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll, PhD, explored what might happen when neuroeconomics enters the policy arena.