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Deciding Advantageously Before Knowing the Advantageous Strategy
Deciding advantageously in a complex situation is thought to require overt reasoning on declarative knowledge, namely, on facts pertaining to premises, options for action, and outcomes of actionsExpand
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Decision making, impulse control and loss of willpower to resist drugs: a neurocognitive perspective
  • A. Bechara
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Nature Neuroscience
  • 1 November 2005
Here I argue that addicted people become unable to make drug-use choices on the basis of long-term outcome, and I propose a neural framework that explains this myopia for future consequences. IExpand
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Characterization of the decision-making deficit of patients with ventromedial prefrontal cortex lesions.
On a gambling task that models real-life decisions, patients with bilateral lesions of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VM) opt for choices that yield high immediate gains in spite of higherExpand
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Emotion, decision making and the orbitofrontal cortex.
The somatic marker hypothesis provides a systems-level neuroanatomical and cognitive framework for decision making and the influence on it by emotion. The key idea of this hypothesis is that decisionExpand
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The somatic marker hypothesis: A neural theory of economic decision
A neural model for economic decision, in which emotions are a major factor in the interaction between environmental conditions and human decision processes, with these emotional systems providing valuable implicit or explicit knowledge for making fast and advantageous decisions. Expand
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Different Contributions of the Human Amygdala and Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex to Decision-Making
The somatic marker hypothesis proposes that decision-making is a process that depends on emotion. Studies have shown that damage of the ventromedial prefrontal (VMF) cortex precludes the ability toExpand
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Subcortical and cortical brain activity during the feeling of self-generated emotions
In a series of [15O]PET experiments aimed at investigating the neural basis of emotion and feeling, 41 normal subjects recalled and re-experienced personal life episodes marked by sadness, happiness,Expand
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Decision-making deficits, linked to a dysfunctional ventromedial prefrontal cortex, revealed in alcohol and stimulant abusers
A decision-making instrument known as the "gambling task" was used, which has been shown to be sensitive to the decision-making impairment of patients with bilateral lesions of the ventromedialExpand
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The role of emotion in decision-making: Evidence from neurological patients with orbitofrontal damage
  • A. Bechara
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Brain and Cognition
  • 1 June 2004
Most theories of choice assume that decisions derive from an assessment of the future outcomes of various options and alternatives through some type of cost-benefit analyses. The influence ofExpand
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Decision-making and addiction (part I): impaired activation of somatic states in substance dependent individuals when pondering decisions with negative future consequences
Some substance dependent individuals (SDI) suffer from a decision-making impairment akin to that seen in neurological patients with lesions of the ventromedial (VM) prefrontal cortex. TheExpand
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