Renowned Neuroscientist Inaugurates Shanghai Colloquium in Neuroeconomics

Jan 30 2015
Written by NYU Shanghai

On January 29, prominent NYU neuroscientist Paul Glimcher lectured on how incorporating neurobiological constraints can rationalize human choice behavior. Presented to a full house of faculty and students from NYU Shanghai, Peking University, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, East China Normal University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Zhejiang University, his lecture kicked off the monthly Shanghai Colloquium in Neuroeconomics hosted at NYU Shanghai. Glimcher, who pioneered the field of neuroeconomics, is the Julius Silver Professor of Neural Science and a Professor of Economics and Psychology at NYU.

Neuroeconomics is a rapidly growing academic discipline focused on understanding how and why humans and animals make the decisions that they do. Combining approaches from Economics, Psychology, Neuroscience and Anthropology, the discipline unites scholars from across the academic spectrum to understand how human beings make decisions with an aim towards treating pathology, understanding consumer behavior and developing better public policies. To stimulate the development of the discipline and foster collaborations, the Shanghai Neuroeconomics Collective was formed and is sponsored by the NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science at NYU Shanghai, Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making at NYU, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and Duke Kunshan University. The Colloquium is a signature program of the Collective. Other programs include the upcoming summer school.

"NYU Shanghai is a great platform to host series lectures on important topics for people around Shanghai, across China, and across the world. This colloquium series is a model for these kinds of activities," said Jeffrey Lehman, Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai.

Watch Professor Glimcher's full lecture here.

To pre-register for other monthly sessions of the Shanghai Colloquium in Neuroeconomics, please visit