To Have and to Eat Cake: The Biscriptive Role of Game-Theoretic Explanations of Human Choice Behavior

Behavioral and Brain Science, Vol. 26, pp. 159-60, 2003

4 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2004 Last revised: 24 Feb 2008

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James E. Parco

Colorado College

William Casebeer

United States Air Force - Joint Warfare Analysis Center

Abstract

Game-theoretic explanations of behavior need supplementation to be descriptive; behavior has multiple causes, only some governed by traditional rationality. An evolutionarily informed theory of action countenances overlapping causal domains: neurobiological, psychological, and rational. Colman's discussion is insufficient because he neither evaluates learning models nor qualifies under what conditions his propositions hold. Still, inability to incorporate emotions in axiomatic models highlights the need for a comprehensive theory of functional rationality.

Keywords: Rationality, social interaction, learning, emotions

JEL Classification: C79, D71, D83

Suggested Citation

Parco, Jim and Casebeer, William, To Have and to Eat Cake: The Biscriptive Role of Game-Theoretic Explanations of Human Choice Behavior. Behavioral and Brain Science, Vol. 26, pp. 159-60, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=605245

Jim Parco (Contact Author)

Colorado College ( email )

Department of Economics and Business
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HOME PAGE: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/dept/EC/parco.asp

William Casebeer

United States Air Force - Joint Warfare Analysis Center ( email )

7170 Kitchen Drive
King George, VA 22485
United States

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