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Figure 1. Response Times and Self-Reported Ratings.. From: Can Sophie's Choice Be Adequately Captured by Cold Computation of Minimizing Losses? An fMRI Study of Vital Loss Decisions.

a) Mean response time (in milliseconds) and self-reported difficulty ratings of choice in each loss decision condition. b) Self-reported negative and positive emotion ratings of choice in each loss decision condition.

Qi Li, et al. PLoS One. 2011;6(3):e17544.
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Figure 4. Experimental Design.. From: Can Sophie's Choice Be Adequately Captured by Cold Computation of Minimizing Losses? An fMRI Study of Vital Loss Decisions.

a) The experiment consisted of three parts. Before scanning, two examples were given to participants to familiarize them with the experimental situation. Then, participants took part in an fMRI experiment in which they made trivial-trivial (TT), vital-trivial (VT), and vital-vital (VV) loss decisions. After scanning, participants were required to rate their emotions and the difficulty of the decision on a 7-point scale outside the scanner. b) An example of different experimental conditions during fMRI scanning. Notes: The Chinese words in the figure, , , and mean “lamp-telegraph”, “furniture-atmosphere”, and “eyes-legs” respectively.

Qi Li, et al. PLoS One. 2011;6(3):e17544.
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Figure 3. Response Related to Vital-Trivial Loss Decisions.. From: Can Sophie's Choice Be Adequately Captured by Cold Computation of Minimizing Losses? An fMRI Study of Vital Loss Decisions.

a) Selected brain regions showing significant activation when contrasting VT with TT condition, including the OFC at (−24, 18, −18) and the ventral striatum at (15, 24, −15). b) Activation in the ventral striatum correlated with self-reported positive emotion of choice in the contrast of VT minus TT condition. Scatter plots are for illustrative purposes. Each point represents the data from a single participant. Notes: OFC, orbitofrontal cortex; VS, ventral striatum.

Qi Li, et al. PLoS One. 2011;6(3):e17544.
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Figure 2. Response Related to Vital-Vital Loss Decisions.. From: Can Sophie's Choice Be Adequately Captured by Cold Computation of Minimizing Losses? An fMRI Study of Vital Loss Decisions.

a) Selected brain regions showing significant activations when contrasting VV with the TT condition by controlling reaction time, including rACC and amygdala/parahippocampal gyrus. b) The bar graph displays the estimated beta values at the bilateral amygdala of an anatomically defined mask, extracted under the TT, VT, and VV conditions. c) Activation in the amygdala correlated positively with self-reported negative emotion of choice in the contrast of VV minus TT condition. The scatter plot is for illustrative purposes. d) Activation in the rACC correlated with self-reported difficulty of choice in the contrast of VV versus TT condition. The scatter plot is for illustrative purposes. Each point represents the data from a single participant. Notes: rACC, rostral anterior cingulate cortex; Amg, amygdala; Ph, parahippocampal gyrus.

Qi Li, et al. PLoS One. 2011;6(3):e17544.

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