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Scientists in the US have found a link between brain structure and financial success

06.04.2018
Finance, Science

Specialists from the University of Pennsylvania found that the willingness of a person to go for financial risks depends on the structure of his brain.
According to scientists, the first speech is about the relationship between its two departments - the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex.

The study involved 108 people who did not suffer from any kind of mental disorders. Each was asked to fill out a questionnaire, which addressed 120 different scenarios that implied financial risks. In one form or another, the choice between guaranteed but small benefits, or the opportunity to earn a lot, but with a small chance, was considered. For example, as a "tit in the hand" could be $ 20, the probability of which was one hundred percent, and as a "crane in the sky" - a 48 percent probability of receiving $ 80. In each case, the person had four seconds to decide. At the same time, with the help of several different instruments, the processes taking place in the brain of participants in the study were analyzed.

It turned out that people who are calmly at risk or even aspiring to it, have more functional connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex, and in the tonsil itself they contain more gray matter.

According to experts, it was already known that the relationship between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex may depend on the likelihood of developing depression and anxiety disorders, but as yet, it was not known how these brain departments affect people's propensity for financial risks.

The new data, as the authors of the study hope, will allow to increase the effectiveness of financial consultations, as the councils can be given with a more precise amendment to the individual's attitude to financial risks.

Scientific work was published in the journal Neuron.

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