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"WHAT DECIDES OUR DECISIONS?" Everyday you make choices that affect you in different ways, but do you know what happens in your brain when you take a decision? Tonight’s speakers will give us an insight on how our brains evaluate pros and cons and the neural mechanisms behind the decision-making process
The Neural Trade Off between Cooperation and Competition
Our social interactions require adapting to an ever changing social context switching between cooperative and competitive decisions. This is reflected in the brain by a neural trade-off between cooperative and competitive states of mind. Using fMRI , we recorded brain activity of human participants playing a novel economic game where they had to forage for food in a virtual space together with another player. Players could cooperate or compete with the other player allowing us to compare directly what happens in the brain when it switched from a competitive to a cooperative scenario.
My Insula Don't Care for Money
Is it safe to trust a stranger based only on his appearance? Our everyday life involves frequent situations where we must make choices based on incomplete information. One of the greatest challenges in science is to understand how our brains manage to make these choices in the social landscape. Dr Emanuele De Luca, lecturer in psychology at the University of Glasgow, combines a range of disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience and economics, to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in predicting and responding to social and non-social forms of uncertainty.