UNDERSTANDING OF BASIC BRAIN PROCESSES

In Experimental Psychology, emotions and economic behaviour are being investigated in the context of gambling tasks, using lesion studies to identify links between pre-frontal cortical lesion damage and decision-making impairments. This research is being complemented by fMRI studies of temporal discounting and impulsivity, identifying different neural correlates for early versus delayed rewards. Researchers in Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN) are analysing, under real conditions, the steroid responses of male traders in the City of London, identifying a link between heightened testosterone levels and risky behaviour, and between cortisol levels and adverse memories of trading performance.

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