The Neural Mechanism of the Social Framing Effect: Evidence from fMRI and tDCS Studies
Liu, Jie1,2; Gu, Ruolei3,4; Liao, Chong1; Lu, Juanzhi1; Fang, Yuxing5,6,7; Xu, Pengfei1,2; Luo, Yue-jia1,2; Cui, Fang1,2
Corresponding AuthorCui, Fang(
AbstractAs an important cognitive bias, the framing effect shows that our decision preferences are sensitive to the verbal description (i.e., frame) of options. This study focuses on the neural underpinnings of the social framing effect, which is based on decision-making regarding other people. A novel paradigm was used in which participants made a trade-off between economic benefits and the feelings of others. This decision was described as either a "harm" to, or "not helping," other persons in two conditions (Harm frame vs Help frame). Both human males and females were recruited. Participants behaved more prosocially for Harm frame compared with Help frame, resulting in a significant social framing effect. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Experiment 1 showed that the social framing effect was associated with stronger activation in the temporoparietal junction (TPJ), especially its right part. The functional connectivity between the right TPJ (rTPJ) and medial prefrontal cortex predicted the social framing effect on the group level. In Experiment 2, we used transcranial direct current stimulation to modulate the activity of the rTPJ and found that the soda! framing effect became more prominent under anodal (excitatory) stimulation, while the nonsocial framing effect elicited by the economic gain/loss gambling frame remained unaffected. The rTPJ results might be associated with moral conflicts modulated by the social consequences of an action or different levels of mentalizing with others under different frame conditions, but alternative interpretations are also worth noting. These findings could help elucidate the psychological mechanisms of the social framing effect.
Keyworddecision-making functional magnetic resonance imaging multivoxel pattern analysis right temporoparietal junction social framing effect transcranial direct current stimulation
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Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[31871109] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31571124] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31900779] ; Youth Innovation Promotion Association[CAS 2019088] ; Major Program of the Chinese National Social Science Foundation[17ZDA324] ; Shenzhen-Hong Kong Institute of Brain Science-Shenzhen Fundamental Research Institutions[2019SHIBS0003]
WOS Research AreaNeurosciences & Neurology
WOS SubjectNeurosciences
WOS IDWOS:000530193300011
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Corresponding AuthorCui, Fang
Affiliation1.Shenzhen Univ, Sch Psychol, Shenzhen 518060, Peoples R China
2.Ctr Brain Disorders & Cognit Neurosci, Shenzhen 518060, Peoples R China
3.Inst Psychol, CAS Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
5.Beijing Normal Univ, Natl Key Lab Cognit Neurosci & Learning, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
6.Beijing Normal Univ, IDG McGovern Inst Brain Res, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
7.Univ Cambridge, Dept Psychol, Cambridge CB2 3EB, England
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Liu, Jie,Gu, Ruolei,Liao, Chong,et al. The Neural Mechanism of the Social Framing Effect: Evidence from fMRI and tDCS Studies[J]. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE,2020,40(18):3646-3656.
APA Liu, Jie.,Gu, Ruolei.,Liao, Chong.,Lu, Juanzhi.,Fang, Yuxing.,...&Cui, Fang.(2020).The Neural Mechanism of the Social Framing Effect: Evidence from fMRI and tDCS Studies.JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE,40(18),3646-3656.
MLA Liu, Jie,et al."The Neural Mechanism of the Social Framing Effect: Evidence from fMRI and tDCS Studies".JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 40.18(2020):3646-3656.
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