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Neural control of social decisions: causal evidence from brain stimulation studies


Ugazio, Giuseppe; Ruff, Christian C (2017). Neural control of social decisions: causal evidence from brain stimulation studies. In: Dreher, Jean-Claude; Tremblay, Léon. Decision Neuroscience. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 233-245.

Abstract

Social decisions are among the most important choices in our life. They are often proposed to rely on functionally specialized neural circuitry, based on correlated neural activity observed with neuroimaging. However, neuroimaging studies usually do not allow conclusions about whether the identified neural activity causally controls behavior, rather than being a consequence of it. This gap is now being bridged by brain stimulation studies that test the causal relationship between neural activity and three different types of processes underlying social decisions: social emotions, social cognition, and social behavioral control. Here we critically review this evidence and propose future steps that may help to advance our understanding of how the brain implements social decisions.

Abstract

Social decisions are among the most important choices in our life. They are often proposed to rely on functionally specialized neural circuitry, based on correlated neural activity observed with neuroimaging. However, neuroimaging studies usually do not allow conclusions about whether the identified neural activity causally controls behavior, rather than being a consequence of it. This gap is now being bridged by brain stimulation studies that test the causal relationship between neural activity and three different types of processes underlying social decisions: social emotions, social cognition, and social behavioral control. Here we critically review this evidence and propose future steps that may help to advance our understanding of how the brain implements social decisions.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, social behavior, social cognition, social decisions, social emotions, transcranial direct current stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, temporoparietal junction
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:09 Feb 2018 09:08
Last Modified:30 Apr 2018 05:08
Publisher:Elsevier
ISBN:9780128053089
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-805308-9.00019-1
Related URLs:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128053089000191

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