Frames and brains: elicitation and control of response tendencies

Trends Cogn Sci. 2007 Feb;11(2):45-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2006.11.007. Epub 2006 Dec 22.


Using magnetic resonance imaging, De Martino and colleagues investigated the neural signature that is associated with decisions between small sure amounts of money and large riskier amounts when the framing of the outcomes is varied. We interpret their results within a dual-system framework, in which different frames evoke distinct emotional responses that different individuals can suppress to various degrees. The study advances the integration of brain imaging results into cognitive theory.

Publication types

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MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Models, Psychological*