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Risky Bet or Exciting Opportunity? Stanford Research Says Small Portion of Brain May Be Influencing Decision to Buy Powerball Tickets

Jan 13 2016

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“I think when people are playing the lottery, they’re paying more attention to the amount they can win than the probability that they’ll win that amount,” said Stanford University Associate Professor Brian Knutson, who coauthored the study.

In a new study published this week in journal “Neuron,” Knutson and other neuroscientists found something never before seen in humans: a direct path from two parts of the brain – one that controls caution and another that influences excitement.