Thomas Z. Ramsøy

Category: behavioral economics

Sex and money: common or different emotional brain currencies?

Sex and money: common or different emotional brain currencies?

How are values computed in the brain? Rewards can be many things: the expectation when having just ordered your favorite dish; the child’s joy at Christmas Eve; the enjoyment of good music or the wonderful taste of strawberries. But how does the brain process these many different kinds of rewards? And what part of the brain controls these emotions? Does the emotional brain treat all types of rewards equally or does it distinguish between different kinds of rewards?