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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Game Theory by Edward Rosenthal, Ph.D., Edward C. Rosenthal

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The Excitable Brain

Certain interactions with our fellow humans are enough to send us over the edge, like a bull seeing red. Road rage, for instance. But more generally, ever since the development of the functional MRI test for brain scanning about 20 years ago, we have gotten used to the idea that certain regions of our brains get “excited” by certain stimuli but not by others. A vast amount of research is ongoing to help us understand why we behave the way we do.

Emotion Trumps Rationality

For most of this book, I have worked with the principle that following the rules of rational decision theory sets the gold standard when it comes to making up our minds. Now I have come along and pointed out that, when the game is not as cut-and-dried ...

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