Paul W. Glimcher

Paul W. Glimcher is an American neuroscientist, psychologist and economist. He played a central role in developing the emerging field of neuroeconomics. He lives with his family in New York City.

Glimcher holds the Julius Silver, Rosyln S. Silver and Enid Silver Winslow Chair of Neural Science at New York University where he is Director of the New York University Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making.[1] At NYU he is a Professor of Economics, Psychology and Neural Science in the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology in the School of Medicine. He is the author of two books on Neuroeconomics: Neuroeconomics Decisions, Uncertainty and the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics and Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis. He is the lead editor of the textbook in Neuroeconomics,Neuroeconomics: Decision-Making and the Brain, now in its second edition.


The central goal of the laboratory for economics, psychology and neuroscience of decision is to develop and advance interdisciplinary models of human choice. Using methods ranging from cohort studies in experimental economics, to brain imaging to single neuron studies in non-human animals, the laboratory seeks to leverage multiple technologies and approaches to develop advanced models of human decision-making. These models themselves range from anatomical models to neural random utility theories. In sum, the laboratory uses a broad range of empirical and theoretical tools in its effort to better understand both how people and animals choose and how to develop policies to maximize the welfare of humans and animals everywhere.


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