Anticipation of Monetary Gain but Not Loss in Healthy Older Adults

Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 787-791, June 2007

13 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2010

See all articles by Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin

Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin

Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience; Duke University - Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Sasha E. B. Gibbs

Stanford University

Kabir Khanna

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lis Nielsen

National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health - Division of Behavioral and Social Research

Laura L. Carstensen

Stanford University - Stanford Center on Longevity

Brian Knutson

Stanford University - Psychology

Abstract

Although global declines in structure have been documented in the aging human brain, little is known about the functional integrity of the striatum and prefrontal cortex in older adults during incentive processing. We used event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging to determine whether younger and older adults differed in both self-reported and neural responsiveness to anticipated monetary gains and losses. The present study provides evidence for intact striatal and insular activation during gain anticipation with age, but shows a relative reduction in activation during loss anticipation. These findings suggest that there is an asymmetry in the processing of gains and losses in older adults that may have implications for decision making.

Keywords: aging, brain, neuroeconomics, fMRI, caudate, insula

JEL Classification: D84, D87, J14

Suggested Citation

Samanez-Larkin, Gregory R. and Gibbs, Sasha E. B. and khanna, kabir and Nielsen, Lis and Carstensen, Laura L. and Knutson, Brian, Anticipation of Monetary Gain but Not Loss in Healthy Older Adults. Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 787-791, June 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1679392

Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin (Contact Author)

Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience ( email )

Durham, NC 27708
United States

Duke University - Center for Cognitive Neuroscience ( email )

100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Sasha E. B. Gibbs

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Kabir Khanna

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Lis Nielsen

National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health - Division of Behavioral and Social Research ( email )

7201 Wisconsin Ave., #533
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
United States
301-402-4156 (Phone)
301-402-0051 (Fax)

Laura L. Carstensen

Stanford University - Stanford Center on Longevity

Stanford University
579 Serra Mall (Serra at Galvez) - Landau Building
Stanford, CA 94305-6053
United States

Brian Knutson

Stanford University - Psychology ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States
650 723 7431 (Phone)
650 725 5699 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://psychology.stanford.edu/~knutson

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
37
Abstract Views
910
PlumX Metrics