Topic: Human behavior

Brain Scans Show We Take Risks Because We Can't Stop Ourselves

Feb. 4, 2014

[caption id="attachment_44464" align="alignright" width="300" caption="When these brain regions (mostly associated with control) aren't active enough, we make risky choices. Z-statistic corresponds to predictive ability, yellow being the most predictive regions. Image: Sarah Helfinstein/U. of Texas at Austin."]Brain Scans Reveal Activity Associated with Risky Choices[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  A new study correlating brain activity with how people make decisions suggests that when individuals engage in risky behavior, such as drunk driving or unsafe sex, it's probably not because their brains' desire systems are too active, but because their self-control systems are not active enough.

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Young Children Quickly Adopt Ritualistic Behavior, Study Shows

Sept. 17, 2013

Although rituals such as shaking hands or saying, "bless you" after a sneeze don't make practical sense, these arbitrary social conventions give people a sense of belonging in a particular social group. And according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin, even preschool children are quick to conform to ritualistic behavior.

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The memory function

Feb. 13, 2012
The memory function

In this research QandA, Assistant Professor Alison Preston reveals how the brain supports memory and how memory influences the decisions we make.

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