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Orlando Gomes
''Agency relations in the brain: towards an optimal control theory''
( 2014, Vol. 34 No.4 )
Recent literature on individual decision-making emphasizes the idea that the brain functions as an organization, with the allocation of resources to the development of different cognitive tasks occurring via an agency relation across distinct brain systems. In this note, the mentioned view on the deliberative process of the human mind is extended to a dynamic optimization setting. Meaningful results, concerning the long-term allocation of cognitive resources, are derived.
Keywords: Brain systems, Cognitive resources, Agency problem, Optimal control, Matching, Saddle-path stability
JEL: C6 - Mathematical Methods and Programming: General
D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty: General
Manuscript Received : Sep 14 2014 Manuscript Accepted : Oct 24 2014

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