In the Thrall of Neuroscience

Researchers across academe mine the possibilities of brain imaging

An economist, an electrical engineer, and a philosopher walk into a lab. That sounds like the beginning of a joke, but such scenarios are becoming more frequent. Researchers across academe are collaborating with neuroscientists to incorporate brain imaging into their work.

For decades, scholars in many disciplines have drawn ideas from cognitive psychology about, say, how people make decisions or respond to