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Scanning your brain can predict what will happen in the future

Your brain’s nucleus accumbens gets more active when a reward is in the offing

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Aug 22 2017

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Faculty, In the News

Our brains seem better at predictions than we are.  A part of our brain becomes active when it knows something will be successfully crowdfunded, even if we consciously decide otherwise. If this finding stands up and works in other areas of life, neuroforecasting may lead to better voting polls or even predict changes in financial markets.

To see if one can predict market behaviour by sampling a small number of people, Brian Knutson at Stanford University in California and his team scanned the brains of 30 people while they decided whether to fund 36 projects from the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.