Neurobiology of decision making: A selective review from a neurocognitive and clinical perspective

Monique Ernst, Martin P. Paulus

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Abstract

We present a temporal map of key processes that occur during decision making, which consists of three stages: 1) formation of preferences among options, 2) selection and execution of an action, and 3) experience or evaluation of an outcome. This framework can be used to integrate findings of traditional choice psychology, neuropsychology, brain lesion studies, and functional neuroimaging. Decision making is distributed across various brain centers, which are differentially active across these stages of decision making. This approach can be used to follow developmental trajectories of the different stages of decision making and to identify unique deficits associated with distinct psychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-604
Number of pages8
JournalBiological psychiatry
Volume58
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2005

Keywords

  • Anticipation
  • Anxiety
  • Choice selection
  • Development
  • Motivation
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biological Psychiatry

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