Topic: Decision Making

Camp: Agreement

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We all make decisions in our daily life and there is nothing extraordinary about this. In essence, we decide what we want to do, how we want to do and why we should do such things when necessary (Camerer, Loewenstein, Pereck, 2005). Without actually feeling that it is our brain's neural state processes which decide our sensory-motor coordination, it may be aptly said that all our actions are motor in nature. Our act of decision-making is hence mental in origin but may be physical in implementation. Yet, the capacity to make decisions depends much on the nature of input and the strength of information processing capacity of the brain. There are individual variations in the act of decision-making which is not invariant. To make some decision, we think and choose from the presenting alternatives and options. Options are manifold, and there are individual differences in anticipatory effect. There is active role of preference in choosing among various options. This results from the differences in choice assumption and in consideration of numerous options which exists, since we all do not choose the same things all the time; our individual choices may differ. Else, we all would have made the same decisions given that if we would have left with few finite options to choose from, but this is not the case. From among infinite options to choose from, and the variances in information perceived and processed by individual brains, our decisions may differ or may converge. This depends much on the factors which influence the efficiency of information processing in the brain. Not everyone thinks the same way even though they might experience similar things in nature. All these effects are on account of our brain chemistry, signal transmission, reception, processing and finally output as motor command. So, all decisional outputs are motor in nature. As we see, the fine synchronization between the sensory and motor elements of our brain makes it possible to generate actions. If we are able to understand the neural basis of the origin of decision making process and how executive commands are generated following information processing by the brain, we might unravel the real mystery of the black box: the brain. It is also important to consider how we react under uncertain situations and how our brain deals with emotions under critical situations, that is, the role of neuroendocrine systems and other neural correlates of decision making. Neuroscience helps us to gain a deeper understanding of these processes using imaging to techniques to infer details about how our brain works under such critical situations, assumes risk, and deliberates action which may be studied experimentally by behavioral decision research. Hence, this topic is open for discussion on the neural aspects of decision-making which might shed new light on these 'automatic' processes.

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Topic Name : Decision Making
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Camp Name : Agreement
Keywords : decision-making, choice, neural process, risk, judgment, rational
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