Based on past experience, the brain learns to assess chances of winning and to regulate behavior accordingly, the scientists say. In the process, the brain reacts differently to a potential financial loss in the event of a threatening financial loss. Seymour and his colleagues found that the loss of money affects the brain in a similar way to the perception of pain and suffering. The brain can therefore predict impending pain and control behavior accordingly, to prevent the pain in this way, the scientists believe.
"Just as nobody wants to lose money, nobody wants to experience pain and suffering. That's why it makes sense to combine the mechanism to ward off these experiences, "explains Seymour. The findings of the study may help to better understand the causes of gambling addiction, researchers hope.Ben Seymour (University College, London) et al .: Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 27, 3 May 2007 ddp / science.de? Claudia Hilbert ad