Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Neuroscience news emotion decision making

This finding expands the known decision-making circuit so that it encompasses the prefrontal cortex, striosomes, and a subset of dopamine-producing cells. Together, the striosomes may be acting as a gatekeeper that absorbs sensory and emotional information coming from the cortex and integrates it to produce a decision on how to react, which is initiated by the dopamine-producing cells, the researchers say.-source link

Eventually as the brain mechanisms behind decision making are elucidated people will realize that behind every decision lies a mechanism, and just like the elan vital faded before the mechanics of molecular biology so too will free will fall before our knowledge of neural mechanisms.

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