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Curr Opin Behav Sci. 2015 Oct;5:100-107. doi: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2015.08.004. Epub 2015 Aug 20.

Neural markers of individual differences in decision-making.

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Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 3720 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, USA 19104, +1 (215) 786-3873.
Section of Comparative Medicine and Department of Neurobiology, Yale University, P.O. Box 208016, New Haven, CT, USA 06520, +1 (203) 737-1374.


In the last few years, neuroscientists have begun to identify associations between individual differences in decision-making and features of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Different tendencies in decision making, such as tolerance for risk, delay or effort, have been linked to various neurobiological measures, such as morphometry, structural connectivity, functional connectivity or the function of neurotransmitter systems. Though far from immutable, these neural features may nonetheless be suitable as relatively stable biomarkers for different decision traits. The establishment of such markers would achieve one of the stated goals of neuroeconomics, which is to improve the prediction of economic behavior across different contexts.

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