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The neural correlates of subjective value during intertemporal choice.

Nature neuroscience | Dec 28, 2007

Neuroimaging studies of decision-making have generally related neural activity to objective measures (such as reward magnitude, probability or delay), despite choice preferences being subjective. However, economic theories posit that decision-makers behave as though different options have different subjective values. Here we use functional magnetic resonance imaging to show that neural activity in several brain regions--particularly the ventral striatum, medial prefrontal cortex and posterior cingulate cortex--tracks the revealed subjective value of delayed monetary rewards. This similarity provides unambiguous evidence that the subjective value of potential rewards is explicitly represented in the human brain.

Pubmed ID: 17982449 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Adult | Brain | Brain Mapping | Decision Making | Female | Humans | Image Processing, Computer-Assisted | Magnetic Resonance Imaging | Male | Oxygen | Psychometrics | Reinforcement Schedule | Reward | Time Factors

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Associated grants

  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R01 NS054775
  • Agency: NIMH NIH HHS, Id: F32 MH075544
  • Agency: NIMH NIH HHS, Id: F32-MH75544
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R01 NS054775-02
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R01-NS054775

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