CENDRI HUTCHERSON, Psychology Department, University of Toronto at Scarborough
Title: Neurocomputational approaches to self-control in social and non-social contextsEbbinghaus Empire Series 2016-2017
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Abstract: Selfish, unethical, and short-sighted decisions lie at the heart of some ofsociety's most pressing problems, but it is unclear why people so oftenstruggle to make good choices. Here, I show how a simple neurally-informedcomputational model of choice can generate novel insights into a wide rangeof difficult choices that are thought to depend on self-control, includinghealthy eating, altruistic choice, proxy decision-making, and moralbehavior. The model makes a number of specific predictions, borne out bybehavioral, EEG, and fMRI data, about how the brain constructs values forself and others and how such values can promote either success or failure inresisting temptation. It inspires new analytical methods for exploring thedynamics of choice and suggests a need to refine popular competitivedual-system models of choice in light of computational model predictions.Finally, it points to new ways to help people make better choices forthemselves and others.For further information please contact Amy Finn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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