Navigation Links
Money, Praise Similarly Activate Brain's Reward Center
Date:4/24/2008

Imaging shows striatum lights up, offering neural explanation for everyday behaviors

THURSDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Your brain may be telling you to be nice because it will pay off -- financially or socially, says a new study.

Japanese researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on people being enticed with either monetary or reputational rewards for good deeds done found that both flip on the striatum, the brain's reward system, in a similar fashion.

The study, published in the April 24 issue of Neuron, is consistent with a long-held social psychological theory that people do nice things to others to gain a good reputation or social approval just like they work for salary. It may provide a pivotal step toward a neural explanation for people's everyday social behaviors.

The researchers' study on 19 people showed that acquiring a good reputation sent reward-related brain areas, notably the striatum, into overdrive. Many of these areas were also activated when monetary rewards were offered, suggesting that the striatum processes the two in a similar manner.

"Our findings indicate that the social reward of a good reputation in the eyes of others is processed in an anatomically and functionally similar manner to monetary rewards, and these results represent an essential step toward a complete neural understanding of human social behaviors," the researchers wrote.

In a commentary appearing in the same issue of Neuron, authors Rebecca Saxe and Johannes Haushofer said the finding explains why drug treatments for such neurological disorders as Parkinson's disease can trigger abnormal money-related behaviors such as compulsive gambling.

One immediate implication of these results is for patients with dysfunction of these brain regions, Saxe and Haushofer wrote. The striatum is among the targets of some neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. Overtreatment of Parkinson's with dopamine agonists is known to induce abnormal economic decision-making, including compulsive gambling. If the same brain structures are responsible for the reward-value of love and reputation, pharmacological manipulation of the striatum may also have social consequences, they said.

More information

The National Institute of Aging has more about how the brain works.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCES: National Institute for Physiological Sciences, news release, April 23, 2008; Cell Press, news release, April 23, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Free Drugs After Heart Attack Would Save Money, Lengthen Lives
2. Its PUR & Simple: Save Money, Improve Lives
3. AHIP Praises Bipartisan Senate Vote on Mental Health Parity
4. Union President Praises Hillary Clintons Health Plan
5. AIDS Action Council Praises Release of Latest State of AIDS in Black America Report
6. VA Budget Earns High Praise
7. Lung Cancer Alliance Praises Congressional Call for Increased Commitment to Fund Lung Cancer Research
8. Bishops Conference Praises Senate Introduction of Pregnant Women Support Act
9. American Life League Praises Colorado Efforts to Stop Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility
10. RNs Praise Courageous Vote by Senate Committee on Badly Flawed Healthcare Bill
11. Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care Praises CMS Release of Updated Special Focus Facilities (SFF) List
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... Our bodies ... effective way to confront and deal with these stressors is to adopt a more ... be good for you. Risa Groux, a certified Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... The American ... productivity, stability, even security. Most importantly, employees are the single most important asset ... American workers so unhappy? , Just under half of American workers are emotionally ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Sterling, VA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 ... ... Americans with student loans more flexibility in repaying their loans, more information about ... at a time when total outstanding student loan debt, including federal and private ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... ... Coast Dental Fort Stewart is celebrating its grand opening with an open ... Mall at 112 Vilseck Road in Fort Stewart. There will be refreshments, giveaways, and ... the opportunity to meet general dentists Thomas Richards, DDS, and Josh Faulk, DMD, and ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... Spine ... neck pain, is proud to announce one of their physicians has been invited to ... Family Physicians (Texas ACOFP) Family Practice Review conference on April 30, 2016. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... Avril 2016   ... +5% sur le trimestre, soutenu par une croissance ... Croissance de +16% des ventes aux hôpitaux ... Kea Technologies (Euronext : MKEA, FR0010609263 ; OTCQX : MKEAY), inventeur ... aujourd,hui son chiffre d,affaires pour le premier trimestre ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... NEW DELHI , April 27, 2016 ... CSR initiative to save newborns ... ,s hospital for women & newborns in collaboration with Breast ... has launched the first Pasteurized Human Milk Bank, ,Amaara, in ... the best nutritional food source for infants and should be ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... Global  urinalysis market  is ... 2022, according to a new report by Grand ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757 ) , Automation is ... accuracy delivered by the new generation urinalysis devices ... instruments and consumables. For instance, the automatic bench-top ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: