David Spurrett

David Spurrett is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Books by this Author

The Picoeconomics and Neuroeconomics of Disordered Gambling: Economic Theory and Cognitive Science
By Don Ross, Carla Sharp, Rudy E. Vuchinich, David Spurrett
The explanatory power of economic theory is tested by the phenomenon of irrational consumption, examples of which include such addictive behaviors as disordered and pathological gambling. Midbrain Mutiny examines different economic models of disordered gambling, using the frameworks of neuroeconomics (which analyzes decision making in the brain) and picoeconomics (which analyzes patterns of...

Books by this Editor

Individual Volition and Social Context
Edited By Don Ross, David Spurrett, Harold Kincaid, G. Lynn Stephens
Recent scientific findings about human decision making would seem to threaten the traditional concept of the individual conscious will. The will is threatened from “below” by the discovery that our apparently spontaneous actions are actually controlled and initiated from below the level of our conscious awareness, and from “above” by the recognition that we adapt our...
Edited By Don Ross, Harold Kincaid, David Spurrett, Peter Collins
The image of the addict in popular culture combines victimhood and moral failure; we sympathize with addicts in films and novels because of their suffering and their hard-won knowledge. And yet actual scientific knowledge about addiction tends to undermine this cultural construct. In What Is Addiction?, leading addiction researchers from neuroscience, psychology, genetics, philosophy, economics,...