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Gains and Losses: A Common Neural Network for Economic Behaviour

  • Valeria Faralla

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  • Francesca Benuzzi

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  • Fausta Lui

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  • Patrizia Baraldi

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  • Paolo Nichelli

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  • Nicola Dimitri

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    Event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying intertemporal preference for symmetric gains and losses in certain conditions, by asking subjects to choose between two gains or two losses available at different points in time. Our data suggest that a common system is activated when an immediate reward/punishment is available, irrespectively of the impulsive /reflective behaviour performed by the individual.

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    Paper provided by University of Siena in its series Labsi Experimental Economics Laboratory University of Siena with number 033.

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    Date of creation: Sep 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:usi:labsit:033
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