Blackwell Synergy: Current Directions in Psychol Sci, Vol 15, Issue 5, pp. 260-264: The Role of Emotion in Decision Making: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective (Abstract)
The Role of Emotion in Decision Making: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective
Nasir Naqvi, Baba Shiv, Antoine Bechara
Current Directions in Psychological Science
ABSTRACT—Decision making often occurs in the face of uncertainty about whether one's choices will lead to benefit or harm. The somatic-marker hypothesis is a neurobiological theory of how decisions are made in the face of uncertain outcome. This theory holds that such decisions are aided by emotions, in the form of bodily states, that are elicited during the deliberation of future consequences and that mark different options for behavior as being advantageous or disadvantageous. This process involves an interplay between neural systems that elicit emotional/bodily states and neural systems that map these emotional/bodily states.