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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201943/risk-versus-benefit-or-risk-versus-risk-risk-aversion-in-the-medical-decision-making-process
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Elias Oussedik, Michael S Anderson, Steven R Feldman
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February 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189037/how-the-twain-can-meet-prospect-theory-and-models-of-heuristics-in-risky-choice
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Thorsten Pachur, Renata S Suter, Ralph Hertwig
Two influential approaches to modeling choice between risky options are algebraic models (which focus on predicting the overt decisions) and models of heuristics (which are also concerned with capturing the underlying cognitive process). Because they rest on fundamentally different assumptions and algorithms, the two approaches are usually treated as antithetical, or even incommensurable. Drawing on cumulative prospect theory (CPT; Tversky & Kahneman, 1992) as the currently most influential instance of a descriptive algebraic model, we demonstrate how the two modeling traditions can be linked...
February 8, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182906/ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-encodes-a-latent-estimate-of-cumulative-reward
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Keno Juechems, Jan Balaguer, Maria Ruz, Christopher Summerfield
Humans and other animals accumulate resources, or wealth, by making successive risky decisions. If and how risk attitudes vary with wealth remains an open question. Here humans accumulated reward by accepting or rejecting successive monetary gambles within arbitrarily defined temporal contexts. Risk preferences changed substantially toward risk aversion as reward accumulated within a context, and blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signals in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (PFC) tracked the latent growth of cumulative economic outcomes...
February 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180142/discounting-the-distant-future-data-on-australian-discount-rates-estimated-by-a-stochastic-interest-rate-model
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Chi Truong, Stefan Trück
Data on certainty equivalent discount factors and discount rates for stochastic interest rates in Australia are provided in this paper. The data has been used for the analysis of investments into climate adaptation projects in ׳It׳s not now or never: Implications of investment timing and risk aversion on climate adaptation to extreme events׳ (Truong and Trück, 2016) [3] and can be used for other cost-benefit analysis studies in Australia. The data is of particular interest for the discounting of projects that create monetary costs and benefits in the distant future...
April 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174549/activation-of-the-dlpfc-reveals-an-asymmetric-effect-in-risky-decision-making-evidence-from-a-tdcs-study
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Daqiang Huang, Shu Chen, Siqi Wang, Jinchuan Shi, Hang Ye, Jun Luo, Haoli Zheng
The phenomenon of loss aversion (the tendency for losses to have a greater impact than comparable gains) has long been observed in daily life. Neurocognitive studies and brain imaging studies have shed light on the correlation between the phenomenon of loss aversion and the brain region of the prefrontal cortex. Recent brain stimulation studies using bilateral transcranial magnetic stimulation or transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have obtained various results showing the causal relationship between brain regions and decision making...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173973/personality-and-addictive-behaviours-in-early-parkinson-s-disease-and-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder
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Fahd Baig, Michael A Lawton, Michal Rolinski, Claudio Ruffmann, Johannes C Klein, Kannan Nithi, David Okai, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Michele T M Hu
INTRODUCTION: Changes in personality have been described in Parkinson's disease (PD), with suggestion that those with established disease tend to be risk averse with a disinclination for addictive behaviour. However, little is known about the earliest and prodromal stages. Personality and its relationship with addictive behaviours can help answer important questions about the mechanisms underlying PD and addiction. METHODS: 941 population-ascertained PD subjects within 3...
February 1, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167135/long-term-effects-of-adolescent-stress-on-neophobic-behaviors-in-zebra-finches-are-modulated-by-social-context-when-in-adulthood
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Michael G Emmerson, Karen A Spencer
Experiencing stress during adolescence can increase neophobic behaviors in adulthood, but most tests have been conducted in the absence of conspecifics. Conspecifics can modulate responses to stressors, for example by acting as 'social buffers' to attenuate the aversive appraisal of stressors. Here, we investigate the long-term effects of adolescent stress on the behavioral responses to novel stimuli (a mild stressor) across social contexts in an affiliative passerine bird, the zebra finch. During early (days 40-60) or late (days 65-85) adolescence the birds (n=66) were dosed with either saline or the hormone corticosterone (CORT)...
February 3, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164195/a-potential-sex-dimorphism-in-the-relationship-between-bitter-taste-and-alcohol-consumption
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Emma Louise Beckett, Konsta Duesing, Lyndell Boyd, Zoe Yates, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock
BACKGROUND: Bitterness is an innate aversive taste important in detecting potentially toxic substances, including alcohol. However, bitter compounds exist in many foods and beverages, and can be desirable, such as in beer. TAS2R38 is a well-studied bitter taste receptor with common polymorphisms. Some have reported relationships between TAS2R38 genotypes, bitter taste phenotype and alcohol intake, however results have been mixed. These mixed results may be explained by the varying taste properties of different alcoholic beverages or a sex dimorphism in responses...
February 6, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164168/doubling-down-increased-risk-taking-behavior-following-a-loss-by-individuals-with-cocaine-use-disorder-is-associated-with-striatal-and-anterior-cingulate-dysfunction
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Joshua L Gowin, April C May, Marc Wittmann, Susan F Tapert, Martin P Paulus
BACKGROUND: Cocaine use disorders (CUDs) have been associated with increased risk-taking behavior. Neuroimaging studies have suggested that altered activity in reward and decision-making circuitry may underlie cocaine user's heightened risk-taking. It remains unclear if this behavior is driven by greater reward salience, lack of appreciation of danger, or another deficit in risk-related processing. METHODS: Twenty-nine CUD participants and forty healthy comparison participants completed the Risky Gains Task during a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan...
January 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152395/a-longitudinal-investigation-of-the-relation-between-nonsuicidal-self-injury-and-spirituality-religiosity
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Marie Good, Chloe Hamza, Teena Willoughby
Despite increased research on factors that predict engagement in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), one factor that has been neglected is spirituality/religiosity. While some researchers suggest that spiritual/religious beliefs and practice may protect against aversive mental health outcomes, it also is possible that certain aspects of spirituality/religiosity - specifically doubt and questioning - may be distressing. In this study, we examined whether multiple dimensions of spirituality/religiosity, including the often-overlooked experience of doubt/questioning, were associated with engagement in NSSI among university students over time...
January 23, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146108/acceptance%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-commitment%C3%A2-therapy%C3%A2-for%C3%A2-pediatric%C3%A2-chronic%C3%A2-pain-%C3%A2-theory%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-application
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REVIEW
Melissa Pielech, Kevin E Vowles, Rikard Wicksell
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third wave behavior therapy approach which aims to increase engagement in activities that bring meaning, vitality, and value to the lives of individuals experiencing persistent pain, discomfort, or distress. This goal is particularly relevant when these aversive experiences cannot be effectively avoided or when avoidance efforts risk their exacerbation, all of which may be common experiences in children and adolescents with chronic pain conditions. The primary aim of the present paper is to review and summarize the extant literature on the application, utility, and evidence for using ACT with pediatric chronic pain populations by: (1) defining the theoretical assumptions of the ACT model; (2) summarizing research study findings and relevant measures from the published literature; and (3) critically discussing the strengths, limitations and areas in need of further development...
January 30, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137374/maternal-immune-activation-and-autism-spectrum-disorder-from-rodents-to-nonhuman-and-human-primates
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REVIEW
Milo Careaga, Takeshi Murai, Melissa D Bauman
A subset of women who are exposed to infection during pregnancy have an increased risk of giving birth to a child who will later be diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental or neuropsychiatric disorder. Although epidemiology studies have primarily focused on the association between maternal infection and an increased risk of offspring schizophrenia, mounting evidence indicates that maternal infection may also increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder. A number of factors, including genetic susceptibility, the intensity and timing of the infection, and exposure to additional aversive postnatal events, may influence the extent to which maternal infection alters fetal brain development and which disease phenotype (autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, other neurodevelopmental disorders) is expressed...
March 1, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133400/economic-preferences-and-obesity-among-a-low-income-african-american-community
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Angela C M de Oliveira, Tammy C M Leonard, Kerem Shuval, Celette Sugg Skinner, Catherine Eckel, James C Murdoch
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the US, with a significantly higher fraction of African Americans who are obese than whites. Yet there is little understanding of why some individuals become obese while others do not. We conduct a lab-in-field experiment in a low-income African American community to investigate whether risk and time preferences play a role in the tendency to become obese. We examine the relationship between incentivized measures of risk and time preferences and weight status (BMI), and find that individuals who are more tolerant of risk are more likely to have a higher BMI...
November 2016: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131932/common-and-differential-brain-abnormalities-in-gambling-disorder-subtypes-based-on-risk-attitude
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Hideaki Takeuchi, Kosuke Tsurumi, Takuro Murao, Ariyoshi Takemura, Ryosaku Kawada, Shin-Ichi Urayama, Toshihiko Aso, Gen-Ichi Sugihara, Jun Miyata, Toshiya Murai, Hidehiko Takahashi
Studying brain abnormalities in behavioral addiction including GD enables us to exclude possible confounding effects of exposure to neurotoxic substances, which should provide important insight that can lead to a better understanding of addiction per se. There have been a few brain structural magnetic resonance imaging studies for GD, although the results have been inconsistent. On the other hand, GD was suggested to be a heterogeneous disorder in terms of risk attitude. We aimed to examine the heterogeneity of GD by combining a behavioral economics task and voxel-based morphometry...
January 22, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126210/enhanced-risk-aversion-but-not-loss-aversion-in-unmedicated-pathological-anxiety
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Caroline J Charpentier, Jessica Aylward, Jonathan P Roiser, Oliver J Robinson
BACKGROUND: Anxiety disorders are associated with disruptions in both emotional processing and decision making. As a result, anxious individuals often make decisions that favor harm avoidance. However, this bias could be driven by enhanced aversion to uncertainty about the decision outcome (e.g., risk) or aversion to negative outcomes (e.g., loss). Distinguishing between these possibilities may provide a better cognitive understanding of anxiety disorders and hence inform treatment strategies...
December 16, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125458/when-open-access-might-not-work-understanding-patient-attitudes-in-appointment-scheduling
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Stacey R Finkelstein, Nan Liu, David Rosenthal, Lusine Poghosyan
BACKGROUND: Open-access (OA) systems aim to reduce delays to care. However, recent evidence suggests that OA systems might reduce patient satisfaction and result in poorer patient experiences due to patients' inability to obtain appointments with their usual care provider. We conducted a series of experiments to explore the role of risk attitudes, an individual difference variable that measures preferences for risky options, in patients' perception of OA systems. PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between patient's risk attitudes and attitudes toward OA systems and demonstrate whether patients' attitudes toward OA systems will vary as a function of their risk attitudes...
January 25, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095013/the-tipping-point-of-perceived-change-asymmetric-thresholds-in-diagnosing-improvement-versus-decline
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Ed O'Brien, Nadav Klein
Change often emerges from a series of small doses. For example, a person may conclude that a happy relationship has eroded not from 1 obvious fight but from smaller unhappy signs that at some point "add up." Everyday fluctuations therefore create ambiguity about when they reflect substantive shifts versus mere noise. Ten studies reveal an asymmetry in this first point when people conclude "official" change: people demand less evidence to diagnose lasting decline than lasting improvement, despite similar evidential quality...
February 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093022/blunted-neural-response-to-anticipation-effort-and-consummation-of-reward-and-aversion-in-adolescents-with-depression-symptomatology
#18
Ewelina Rzepa, Jennifer Fisk, Ciara McCabe
Neural reward function has been proposed as a possible biomarker for depression. However, how the neural response to reward and aversion might differ in young adolescents with current symptoms of depression is as yet unclear. Thirty-three adolescents were recruited, 17 scoring low on the Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (low risk group) and 16 scoring high (high risk group). Our functional magnetic resonance imaging task measured; anticipation (pleasant/unpleasant cue), effort (achieve a pleasant taste or avoid an unpleasant taste) and consummation (pleasant/unpleasant tastes) in regions of interest; ventral medial prefrontal cortex, pregenual cingulate cortex, the insula and ventral striatum...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089282/the-likely-effects-of-employer-mandated-complementary-health-insurance-on-health-coverage-in-france
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Aurélie Pierre, Florence Jusot
In France, access to health care greatly depends on having a complementary health insurance coverage (CHI). Thus, the generalisation of CHI became a core factor in the national health strategy created by the government in 2013. The first measure has been to compulsorily extend employer-sponsored CHI to all private sector employees on January 1st, 2016 and improve its portability coverage for unemployed former employees for up to 12 months. Based on data from the 2012 Health, Health Care and Insurance survey, this article provides a simulation of the likely effects of this mandate on CHI coverage and related inequalities in the general population by age, health status, socio-economic characteristics and time and risk preferences...
January 5, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088047/sliding-doors-did-drama-based-inter-professional-education-improve-the-tensions-round-person-centred-nursing-and-social-care-delivery-for-people-with-dementia-a-mixed-method-exploratory-study
#20
Lindsay Dingwall, Jane Fenton, Timothy B Kelly, John Lee
This educational intervention takes place when the population of older people with dementia is increasing. Health and Social care professionals must work jointly in increasingly complex contexts. Negative attitudes towards older people are cited as a contributor to poor care delivery, including the use of dismissive and/or patronising language, failing to meet fundamental needs and afford choice. 'Sliding Doors to Personal Futures' is a joint, drama-based, educational initiative between NHS Education Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, delivered using interprofessional education (IPE) towards encouraging person-centred health and social care...
December 21, 2016: Nurse Education Today
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