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Updating beliefs under perceived threat

Abstract:

Humans are better at integrating desirable information into their beliefs than undesirable information. This asymmetry poses an evolutionary puzzle, as it can lead to an underestimation of risk and thus failure to take precautionary action. Here, we suggest a mechanism that can speak to this conundrum. In particular, we show that the bias vanishes in response to perceived threat in the environment. We report that an improvement in participants' tendency to incorporate bad news into their beli...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1523/jneurosci.0716-18.2018

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Unknown
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Publisher:
Society for Neuroscience
Journal:
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Volume:
38
Issue:
36
Pages:
7901-7911
Publication date:
2018-09-05
Acceptance date:
2018-06-15
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EISSN:
1529-2401
ISSN:
0270-6474
Language:
English
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pubs:965952
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uuid:1b3eab7c-bf17-4864-8811-66caf55110dd
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pubs:965952
Source identifiers:
965952
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2019-01-25

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