Discussion Paper

No. 2019-45 | July 25, 2019
Commentary on Edmund Rolls: ‘Emotion and reason in human decision-making’


In his paper Emotion and reasoning in human decision-making Edmund Rolls points out that multiple and independent types of reinforcement exist in the human brain, and that they cannot be reduced to a common currency. The present commentary introduces non-specialist readers to this wide variety of reinforcers, each of which carries equal biological value. The evolutionary forces underwriting them reveal much about the causes of our apparently irrational choices – which is why it is important for economists to acquaint themselves with such things.

JEL Classification:

D01, D87, D91, E71, G41


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Mark Solms (2019). Commentary on Edmund Rolls: ‘Emotion and reason in human decision-making’. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2019-45, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2019-45

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