Medial Prefrontal Cortex Predicts Intertemporal Choice

  title={Medial Prefrontal Cortex Predicts Intertemporal Choice},
  author={Jason P. Mitchell and Jessica Schirmer and Daniel L. Ames and Daniel T. Gilbert},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
People often make shortsighted decisions to receive small benefits in the present rather than large benefits in the future, that is, to favor their current selves over their future selves. In two studies using fMRI, we demonstrated that people make such decisions in part because they fail to engage in the same degree of self-referential processing when thinking about their future selves. When participants predicted how much they would enjoy an event in the future, they showed less activity in… CONTINUE READING
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