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Can Sophie's Choice Be Adequately Captured by Cold Computation of Minimizing Losses? An fMRI Study of Vital Loss Decisions
Li, Qi1,2; Qin, Shaozheng4; Rao, Li-Lin1,2; Zhang, Wencai1; Ying, Xiaoping5; Guo, Xiuyan6; Guo, Chunyan3; Ding, Jinghong3; Li, Shu1; Luo, Jing1,3; Li, Q (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
2011-03-11
Source PublicationPLOS ONE
ISSN1932-6203
SubtypeArticle
Volume6Issue:3Pages:e17544
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Abstract

The vast maojority of decision-making research is performed under the assumption of the value maxing principle. This principle implies that when making decisions, individuals try to optimize outcomes on the basis of cold mathematical equations. However, decisions are emotion-laden rather thatn cool and analytic when they tap into life-threatening considerations. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), this study investigated the neural mechanisms underlying vital loss decisions. Participants were asked to make a forced choice between two losses across three conditions: both losses are trivial (trivial-trivial), both losses are viral (vital-vital), or one loss is trivial and the other is vital (vital-trivial). Out results revealed that the amygdala was more active and correlated positively with self-reported negative emotion associated with choice during vital-vital loss decisions, when compared to trivial-trivial loss decisions. The rostral anterior cingulate cortex was also more active and correlated positively with self-reported positive emotion of choice diring vital-trivial loss decisions. Out findings suggest that vital loss decisions involve emotions and cannot be adequately captured by cold computation of minimizing losses. This research will shed light on how people make vital loss decisions.

Subject AreaIndustrial And Organizational Psychology
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Language英语
Funding OrganizationNational Basic Research Program of China [2011CB711000, 2010CB833904] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China [70871110, 307707890] ; National Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China [2008AA022604]
Project Intro.This work was partially supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB711000; 2010CB833904), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 70871110; 307707890), and the National Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2008AA022604). The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/11430
Collection认知与发展心理学研究室
Corresponding AuthorLi, Q (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Grad Univ, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Capital Normal Univ, Learning & Cognit Lab, Beijing, Peoples R China
4.Stanford Univ, Sch Med, Dept Psychiat & Behav Sci, Stanford, CA 94305 USA
5.Chinese Acad Social Sci, Inst Sociol, Ctr Social Psychol Studies, Beijing, Peoples R China
6.Fudan Univ, Dept Psychol, Shanghai 200433, Peoples R China
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Li, Qi,Qin, Shaozheng,Rao, Li-Lin,et al. Can Sophie's Choice Be Adequately Captured by Cold Computation of Minimizing Losses? An fMRI Study of Vital Loss Decisions[J]. PLOS ONE,2011,6(3):e17544.
APA Li, Qi.,Qin, Shaozheng.,Rao, Li-Lin.,Zhang, Wencai.,Ying, Xiaoping.,...&Li, Q .(2011).Can Sophie's Choice Be Adequately Captured by Cold Computation of Minimizing Losses? An fMRI Study of Vital Loss Decisions.PLOS ONE,6(3),e17544.
MLA Li, Qi,et al."Can Sophie's Choice Be Adequately Captured by Cold Computation of Minimizing Losses? An fMRI Study of Vital Loss Decisions".PLOS ONE 6.3(2011):e17544.
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