How your brain makes you cautious

What Are The Odds of That? Risky Gambling Choices Influenced by Single Brain Connection

Whether a person will place a risky bet comes down to a newly discovered tract of neurons spanning two brain regions. The findings could help understand and treat gambling or addiction disorders. One person’s risky bet is another’s exciting opportunity. The difference between those outlooks comes down to more than just disposition: It turns out that people with a stronger connection between two brain regions have a more cautious financial outlook. “Activity in one brain region appears to indicate ‘uh oh, I might lose money,’ but in another seems to indicate ‘oh yay, I could win something,’” said Brian Knutson, associate professor of psychology. ….[READ]

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