Effect of emotional arousal on inter-temporal decision-making: An fMRI study

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© 2015 Sohn et al.; licensee BioMed Central. Background: Previous research has shown that emotion can significantly impact decision-making in humans. The current study examined whether or not and how situationally induced emotion influences people to make inter-temporal choices.Methods: Affective pictures were used as experiment stimuli to provoke emotion, immediately followed by subjects' performance of a delay-discounting task to measure impulsivity during functional magnetic resonance imaging.Results: Results demonstrate a subsequent process of increased impulsive decision-making following a prior exposure to both high positive and negative arousal stimuli, compared to the experiment subjects' experiences with neutral stimuli. Findings indicate that increased impulsive decision-making behaviors can occur with high arousal and can be characterized by decreased activities in the cognitive control regions such as prefronto-parietal regions.Conclusions: These results suggest that 'stabilization of high emotional arousal' may facilitate a reduction of impulsive decision-making and implementation of longer term goals.




Sohn, J. H., Kim, H. E., Sohn, S., Seok, J. W., Choi, D., & Watanuki, S. (2015). Effect of emotional arousal on inter-temporal decision-making: An fMRI study. Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 34(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40101-015-0047-5

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