Selectively altering belief formation in the human brain.

  title={Selectively altering belief formation in the human brain.},
  author={Tali Sharot and Ryota Kanai and David Marston and Christoph W. Korn and Geraint Rees and Raymond J. Dolan},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={109 42},
Humans form beliefs asymmetrically; we tend to discount bad news but embrace good news. This reduced impact of unfavorable information on belief updating may have important societal implications, including the generation of financial market bubbles, ill preparedness in the face of natural disasters, and overly aggressive medical decisions. Here, we selectively improved people's tendency to incorporate bad news into their beliefs by disrupting the function of the left (but not right) inferior… CONTINUE READING