publication . Article . Other literature type . 2009

Reward and Social Valuation Deficits following Ventromedial Prefrontal Damage.

Giuseppe di Pellegrino; Davide Dragone; Laura Moretti;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
<jats:p> Lesion and imaging studies have implicated the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) in economic decisions and social interactions, yet its exact functions remain unclear. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that the vmPFC represents the subjective value or desirability of future outcomes during social decision-making. Both vmPFC-damaged patients and control participants acted as the responder in a single-round ultimatum game. To test outcome valuation, we contrasted concrete, immediately available gains with abstract, future ones. To test social valuation, we contrasted interactions with a human partner and those involving a computer. We found that, ...
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free text keywords: Cognitive Neuroscience, Social psychology, Human agent, Ventromedial prefrontal cortex, medicine.anatomical_structure, medicine, Acceptance rate, Ultimatum game, Prefrontal cortex, Social decision making, Psychology, Cognitive psychology, Valuation (finance)
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