Tonic activity level in the right prefrontal cortex predicts individuals' risk taking

Gianotti, LR. and Knoch, D. and Faber, PL. and Lehmann, D. and Pascual-Marqui, RD. and Diezi, C. and Schoch, C. and Eisenegger, C. and Fehr, E.. (2009) Tonic activity level in the right prefrontal cortex predicts individuals' risk taking. Psychological Science, Vol. 20, H. 1. pp. 33-38.

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Human risk taking is characterized by a large amount of individual heterogeneity. In this study, we applied resting-state electroencephalography, which captures stable individual differences in neural activity, before subjects performed a risk-taking task. Using a sourcelocalization technique, we found that the baseline cortical activity in the right prefrontal cortex predicts individual risk-taking behavior. Individuals with higher baseline cortical activity in this brain area display more risk aversion than do other individuals. This finding demonstrates that neural characteristics that are stable over time can predict a highly complex behavior such as risk-taking behavior and furthermore suggests that hypoactivity in the right prefrontal cortex might serve as a dispositional indicator of lower regulatory abilities, which is expressed in greater risk-taking behavior.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Social and Affective Neuroscience (Knoch)
UniBasel Contributors:Gianotti, Lorena R. R. and Knoch, Daria
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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