Making the Best Choice

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers find the part of the brain responsible for making cost-benefit decisions.

    A University of British Columbia study revealed that region of the brain called the lateral habenula could be responsible for cost-benefit decisions.  This part of the brain is typically linked to depression and avoidance behaviors.  However researchers found that it’s also important for choosing the right decision when we’re given choices, and without it, we would make decisions randomly. They said these findings “clarify the brain processes involved in the important decisions that we make on a daily basis, from choosing between job offers to deciding which car to buy.”