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Bad decisions arise from faulty information, not faulty brain circuits
Date:4/15/2013

Making decisions involves a gradual accumulation of facts that support one choice or another. A person choosing a college might weigh factors such as course selection, institutional reputation and the quality of future job prospects.

But if the wrong choice is made, Princeton University researchers have found that it might be the information rather than the brain's decision-making process that is to blame. The researchers report in the journal Science that erroneous decisions tend to arise from errors, or "noise," in the information coming into the brain rather than errors in how the brain accumulates information.

These findings address a fundamental question among neuroscientists about whether bad decisions result from noise in the external information or sensory input or because the brain
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Contact: Morgan Kelly
mgnkelly@princeton.edu
609-258-5729
Princeton University
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