The Mind of the Market: How Biology and Psychology Shape Our Economic Lives
"[A] captivating raconteur of all the greatest hits of behavioral, evolutionary and neuropsychology . . . Fascinating."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
How did we make the leap from ancient hunter-gatherers to modern consumers, and why do people get so emotional about financial decisions? The national bestseller The Mind of the Market uncovers the evolutionary roots of our economic behavior.
Drawing on the new field of neuroeconomics, psychologist Michael Shermer investigates what brain scans reveal about bargaining, snap purchases, and establishing trust in business. He scrutinizes experiments in behavioral economics to understand why people hang on to losing stocks and why negotiations disintegrate into tit-for-tat disputes. He brings together findings from psychology and biology to describe how our tribal ancestry makes us suckers for brands, why researchers believe cooperation feels (biochemically) like sex, and how even capuchin monkeys get indignant if they don’t get a fair reward for their work.
Entertaining and eye-opening, The Mind of the Market explains the real science of economics.
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Review: The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary EconomicsUser Review - Patty - Goodreads
I was disappointed by this book. I usually love his books. This one doesn't bring anything new to light but covers ideas already out there. Read full review
Review: The Mind of the Market: How Biology and Psychology Shape Our Economic LivesUser Review - Rob - Goodreads
At times I found Shermer's arguments compelling, and he often challenged my current assumptions about economics. Having read several of Shermer's books, however, I was disappointed at how much he regurgitates from book to book. Read full review
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