Decision Making in the Ageing Brain: Changes in Affective and Motivational Circuits

Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 16 (5), 278-289.

12 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2015 Last revised: 28 Oct 2015

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

Brian Knutson

Stanford University - Psychology

Date Written: May 1, 2015

Abstract

As the global population ages, older decision makers will be required to take greater responsibility for their own physical, psychological and financial well-being. With this in mind, researchers have begun to examine the effects of ageing on decision making and associated neural circuits. A new ‘affect-integration-motivation’ (AIM) framework may help to clarify how affective and motivational circuits support decision making. Recent research has shed light on whether and how ageing influences these circuits, providing an interdisciplinary account of how ageing can alter decision making.

Keywords: aging, neuroscience, reward, risk, affect, cognition, decision making, striatum, insula, prefrontal cortex

JEL Classification: C91, D14, D81, D83, D87, D91, G02, G11, J14, J26

Suggested Citation

Samanez-Larkin, Gregory R. and Knutson, Brian, Decision Making in the Ageing Brain: Changes in Affective and Motivational Circuits (May 1, 2015). Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 16 (5), 278-289., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2657045

Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin (Contact Author)

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Brian Knutson

Stanford University - Psychology ( email )

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