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Frames, biases, and rational decision-making in the human brain.

De Martino, B and Kumaran, D and Seymour, B and Dolan, RJ (2006) Frames, biases, and rational decision-making in the human brain. Science, 313. pp. 684-687.

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Human choices are remarkably susceptible to the manner in which options are presented. This so-called "framing effect" represents a striking violation of standard economic accounts of human rationality, although its underlying neurobiology is not understood. We found that the framing effect was specifically associated with amygdala activity, suggesting a key role for an emotional system in mediating decision biases. Moreover, across individuals, orbital and medial prefrontal cortex activity predicted a reduced susceptibility to the framing effect. This finding highlights the importance of incorporating emotional processes within models of human choice and suggests how the brain may modulate the effect of these biasing influences to approximate rationality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult Amygdala Brain Mapping Choice Behavior Cognition Emotions Female Gambling Games, Experimental Humans Magnetic Resonance Imaging Male Models, Psychological Prefrontal Cortex
Divisions: Div F > Computational and Biological Learning
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:00
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 02:09