Topic: Russell Poldrack

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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Headliners: Ocean Water, Hold the Salt

July 26, 2013
Headliners: Ocean Water, Hold the Salt

UT researchers made news with a desalination "water chip" that could give millions access to drinking water. Check out this media hit and other recent headlines.

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Weekly Readings: Quantifying Self

July 12, 2013
Russell Poldrack undergoes his weekly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Poldrack's brain will be scanned more than

Neuroscientist Russell Poldrack is in the middle of a yearlong quest to study a single human brain — his own. Read more about how Poldrack is quantifying himself.

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People Learn New Information More Effectively When Brain Activity Is Consistent, Research Shows

Sept. 9, 2010

People are more likely to remember specific information such as faces or words if the pattern of activity in their brain is similar each time they study that information, according to new research from a University of Texas at Austin psychologist and his colleagues.

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In the Know

March 15, 2010
In the Know

The March 15 weekly roundup of campus kudos and press mentions.

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