Amygdala damage eliminates monetary loss aversion

  title={Amygdala damage eliminates monetary loss aversion},
  author={Benedetto De Martino and Colin Camerer and Ralph Adolphs},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={3788 - 3792}
Losses are a possibility in many risky decisions, and organisms have evolved mechanisms to evaluate and avoid them. Laboratory and field evidence suggests that people often avoid risks with losses even when they might earn a substantially larger gain, a behavioral preference termed “loss aversion.” The cautionary brake on behavior known to rely on the amygdala is a plausible candidate mechanism for loss aversion, yet evidence for this idea has so far not been found. We studied two rare… 

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