Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 640–643 | Cite as

Free Will: A Neuroeconomic Approach

  • V. A. KlucharevEmail author

This paper assesses a number of contemporary neurophysiological and philosophical approaches to the problem of the existence of free will. We present arguments demonstrating the weakness of the positions of modern scientific schools maintaining conventional concepts of freedom of choice in humans. The paper demonstrates that the operation of stochastic processes in the nervous system and the existence of top-down neurophysiological influences on perception and behavior in humans are not sufficient arguments for fundamental freedom of choice.


freedom of choice neuroeconomics decision-taking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Center for Neuroeconomics and Cognitive ResearchNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia

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