The Bio-Behavioral Complex

The “bio-behavioral complex” is the dynamic interplay between biology, behavior and the environment. A paper on this has just been published in “Big Data”.

Using Big Data to Understand the Human Condition: The Kavli HUMAN Project 

In Smoking, Genes, and Health, new evidence is provided on the impact of genetic factors on measured smoking (small) and on health (large). The implications for measurement are profound.

As Director of the Scientific Agenda for the Kavli HUMAN Project, I have the privilege of working with a wonderful group of advisors on KHP White Papers four of which have also been published in Big Data.

How Genetic and Other Biological Factors Interact with Smoking Decisions 

Diets and Health: How Food Decisions are Shaped by Biology, Economics, Geography, and Social Interactions

Opportunities for New Insights on the Life-Course Risks and Outcomes of Cognitive Decline in the Kavli HUMAN Project

Real time assessment of wellness and disease in daily life

Dopamine, Reward Prediction Error, and Economics provides an axiomatic model of dopaminergic function based on neurological data.

Measuring Beliefs and Rewards: A Neuroeconomic Approach tests the theory, with broadly positive results.

Continued research in this area will contribute to our understanding of how beliefs and preferences are formed, how they evolve, and how they play out in the act of choice.

A broad rationale for using the axiomatic methods of decision theory to bridge the gap between economic theory and non-standard “psychological” data was sketched out in Economic Theory and Psychological Data: Bridging the Divide published in the Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics