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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:50 am

A new brain region that appears to help humans identify whether they have made bad decisions has been discovered by researchers.

The size and shape of a large Brussels sprout, the ball of neural tissue seems to be crucial for the kind of flexible thought that allows us to consider switching to a more promising course of action.

While other brain parts keep track of how well, or not, our decisions are working for us, the new structure is more outward-looking, and mulls over what we might have done instead.

Scientists spotted the region, named the lateral frontal pole, after scanning the brains of healthy humans in two different ways. Further scans failed to find any comparable region in monkeys, suggesting the area is exclusive to humans.

“We know there are differences between humans and monkeys. But it is surprising how many similarities there can be, and how a couple of differences can mean our behaviour is so far removed from them,” said Matthew Rushworth, a professor of cognitive neuroscience, who led the study at Oxford University.

“There are a few brain areas that monitor how good our choices are, and that is a very sensible thing to have. But this region monitors how good the choices are that we didn’t take. It tells us how green the grass is on the other side of the fence.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/28/researchers-discover-new-area-in-your-brain-that-may-control-your-bad-decisions/

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:52 pm

'Bad decisions' is a relative term. A 'bad decision' might be the right one in the circumstances for that person. It is a subjective choice.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:59 pm

sassy, I'm not sure why you put that comment, but here's what I think:

The article says "bad decisions" - it must be implying that the decision is deemed bad by the person some time after they have made the decision.

That's all. Thanks for telling us your feelings on the term bad decision though.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:03 pm

That's your take, not mine. You never know the ultimate consequences of a decision until much later, by which time it might have turned into the right decision rather than the wrong one.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:50 pm

Sassy you'd better get your whole brain checked out because you're always making bad decisions girl.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:40 pm

Shady, you just get more and more boring and predictable. Never mind, go play pirate, it'll cheer you up.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:13 pm

Sassy wrote:Shady, you just get more and more boring and predictable.   Never mind, go play pirate, it'll cheer you up.

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