Study identifies neural circuits involved in making risky decisions

IMAGE: New research sheds light on what’s going on inside our heads as we decide whether to take a risk or play it safe. Scientists have located a region of the… view more Credit: Washington University in St. Louis New research sheds light on what’s going on inside our heads as we decide whether to take a risk or play it safe. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis located a region of the brain involved in decisions made under conditions of uncertainty, and identified some of the cells involved in the decision-making process. The work, published July 27 in The Journal of Neuroscience, could lead to treatments for psychological and psychiatric disorders that involve misjudging risk, such as problem gambling and anxiety disorders. “We know from human…


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