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Social signals of safety and risk confer utility and have asymmetric effects on observers' choices

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Neuroscience, May 2015
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13 news outlets
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4 blogs
twitter
30 tweeters

Citations

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Title
Social signals of safety and risk confer utility and have asymmetric effects on observers' choices
Published in
Nature Neuroscience, May 2015
DOI 10.1038/nn.4022
Pubmed ID
Authors

Dongil Chung, George I Christopoulos, Brooks King-Casas, Sheryl B Ball, Pearl H Chiu

Abstract

Individuals' risk attitudes are known to guide choices about uncertain options. However, in the presence of others' decisions, these choices can be swayed and manifest as riskier or safer behavior than one would express alone. To test the mechanisms underlying effective social 'nudges' in human decision-making, we used functional neuroimaging and a task in which participants made choices about gambles alone and after observing others' selections. Against three alternative explanations, we found that observing others' choices of gambles increased the subjective value (utility) of those gambles for the observer. This 'other-conferred utility' was encoded in ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and these neural signals predicted conformity. We further identified a parametric interaction with individual risk preferences in anterior cingulate cortex and insula. These data provide a neuromechanistic account of how information from others is integrated with individual preferences that may explain preference-congruent susceptibility to social signals of safety and risk.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Unknown 201 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 68 33%
Researcher 36 17%
Student > Bachelor 24 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 19 9%
Student > Master 18 9%
Other 27 13%
Unknown 16 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 95 46%
Neuroscience 30 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 8%
Social Sciences 8 4%
Computer Science 7 3%
Other 25 12%
Unknown 27 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 137. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 November 2020.
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#172,555
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#389
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#2,554
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#11
of 72 outputs
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