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Scientists Develop Novel Use of Neurotechnology to Solve Classic Social Problem

September 10, 2009

image of a brain Economists and neuroscientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have shown that they can use information obtained through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measurements of whole-brain activity to create feasible, efficient and fair solutions to one of the stickiest dilemmas in economics: the public goods free-rider problem-long thought to be unsolvable. Full Story

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