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Emotional predictions and choice

Predicted values and feedback from errors in those predictions are fundamental to adaptive decision-making. Heffner et al. directly compare the contributions of reward predictions and emotional predictions to social decisions and find, unexpectedly, that emotional predictions are often the more important determinant of choice.

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Balleine, B.W. Emotional predictions and choice. Nat Hum Behav 5, 1271–1272 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-021-01208-3

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