Navigation Links
Ever-so-slight delay improves decision-making accuracy
Date:3/7/2014

NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2014) Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have found that decision-making accuracy can be improved by postponing the onset of a decision by a mere fraction of a second. The results could further our understanding of neuropsychiatric conditions characterized by abnormalities in cognitive function and lead to new training strategies to improve decision-making in high-stake environments. The study was published in the March 5 online issue of the journal PLoS One.

"Decision making isn't always easy, and sometimes we make errors on seemingly trivial tasks, especially if multiple sources of information compete for our attention," said first author Tobias Teichert, PhD, a postdoctoral research scientist in neuroscience at CUMC at the time of the study and now an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. "We have identified a novel mechanism that is surprisingly effective at improving response accuracy.

The mechanism requires that decision-makers do nothingjust briefly. "Postponing the onset of the decision process by as little as 50 to 100 milliseconds enables the brain to focus attention on the most relevant information and block out irrelevant distractors," said last author Jack Grinband, PhD, associate research scientist in the Taub Institute and assistant professor of clinical radiology (physics). "This way, rather than working longer or harder at making the decision, the brain simply postpones the decision onset to a more beneficial point in time."

In making decisions, the brain integrates many small pieces of potentially contradictory sensory information. "Imagine that you're coming up to a traffic lightthe targetand need to decide whether the light is red or green," said Dr. Teichert. "There is typically little ambiguity, and you make the correct decision quickly, in a matter of tens of milliseconds."

The decision process itself, however, does not
'/>"/>

Contact: Karin Eskenazi
ket2116@columbia.edu
212-342-0508
Columbia University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. RSNA: Brain Chemical Ratios Help Predict Developmental Delays in Preterm Infants
2. Brain chemical ratios help predict developmental delays in preterm infants
3. Milliman Actuaries to Identify Effective Strategies for Health Plans Amid Obama’s One-Year Delay During Upcoming AIS Webinar
4. DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Order Delaying Consideration of Remand Motions in Federal Pinnacle Hip Litigation
5. Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawsuits: C.R. Bard Trial Delayed One Month, Rottenstein Law Group LLP Reports
6. Children born to teen mothers have delayed development, likely due to social factors
7. Is Money the Top Reason Why Americans Are Delaying Marriages?
8. Comprehensive Arthroscopic Management - CAM Procedure - Successfully Delays Shoulder Replacement for Young, Active Patients with Shoulder Osteoarthritis
9. Mold Threatens to Delay Pennsylvania School Opening, My Cleaning Products Introduces a Prompt Mold Removal Tip to Avoid Fungus' Worse Effects
10. Zane Benefits Publishes New Information on the Delay in ObamaCare Consumer Protection.
11. Heartland Institute Experts Comment on Delay of Obamacare’s Out-of-Pocket Cost Limits
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/30/2014)... [Brown University] Autism is no stranger to the ... African nation is access to clinical services, including reliable ... measure, for example, validated for use in Swahili, a ... study, however, researchers at Brown University and the University ... that they implemented at two sites in the country ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... passed in 2003 to slow the spiraling costs of ... Medicare patients has had no meaningful impact on cancer ... the Journal of Clinical Oncology published online ... to treat colorectal and lung cancers, and did not ... drugs following the implementation of the recent Medicare law ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 2014 Dynamic health trends, changing ... in the Bread Production industry over the past ... moderate their consumption of a variety of industry ... shrunk the market for white loaf bread and ... by introducing more nutritious products to attract health-conscious ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... (FQHCs) granted new patient appointments to Medicaid beneficiaries ... primary care practices (non-FQHCs), in addition to charging ... new 10-state University of Pennsylvania study published this ... data from a previous "secret shopper" study conducted ... FQHCs community health clinics that receive federal ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... September 30, 2014(BRONX, NY)Medications are the leading cause of ... analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010, conducted ... and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva ... Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , also ... was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania 2Health News:New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania 3Health News:New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania 4Health News:Landmark Medicare law had little impact on reducing chemotherapy cost 2Health News:Bread Production in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated 2Health News:Bread Production in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated 3Health News:Medicaid and Uninsured patients obtain new patient appointments most easily at FQHCs 2Health News:Comprehensive Study of allergic deaths in US finds medications are main culprit 2
... , , BALTIMORE, ... groups and industry to educate expecting parents about the medical significance ... three out of every four pregnant women still consider themselves only ... on stem cell science and policy found that a proprietary, web-based ...
... ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 23 Bausch & Lomb, the ... J. Palmisano have joined its board of directors. , , ... and relevant experience," said Gerald M. Ostrov, chairman and chief executive ... positioned for long-term growth. We welcome Kerry and Bob and look ...
... PLAINS, N.Y., SEPT. 23, 2009 -- Pregnant women should be ... the vaccines become available this year to protect them against ... to eight leading national maternal and infant health organizations. ... College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, ...
... Agent-based models (ABMs) are powerful computer-simulation modeling techniques ... of biological phenomena, such as tumor growth, the ... through a population. Researchers will gather Dec. ... Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) on the University of Tennessee, ...
... , ... for November 17-19, 2009, in Miami, FL , ... Portland, Maine (PRWEB) September 23, 2009 -- IntertechPira and ... 2009, the industry,s leading event focusing on biotechnology, engineering and alternative energy applications as ...
... WAYNE, Pa., Sept. 23 RRY Publications announced the preliminary ... the premier gathering of stem cell company executives, scientists and ... The Summit is an intensive one-day event where attendees explore ... stem cell product commercialization, and the latest investment opportunities within ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Data Released at an International Stem Cell Meeting Highlights Effectiveness of New Patient Education System Developed to Support Federal and State Guidelines on Cord Blood Education 2Health News:Data Released at an International Stem Cell Meeting Highlights Effectiveness of New Patient Education System Developed to Support Federal and State Guidelines on Cord Blood Education 3Health News:R. Kerry Clark and Robert J. Palmisano Join Bausch & Lomb Board of Directors 2Health News:Pregnant women need flu shots 2Health News:Agenda Announced for Ionic Liquids 2009 2Health News:5th Annual Stem Cell Summit Set for Feb. 16 in New York City 2Health News:5th Annual Stem Cell Summit Set for Feb. 16 in New York City 3
(Date:9/30/2014)... 30, 2014  Tasly Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the world,s ... announced today the launch of Deepure. ... address men and women concerned with supporting their ... old age while helping keep their health care ... and herb-based formulas, namely, ProHeart PLUS, ImmunoPower PLUS, ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 2014  Decision Resources Group finds that the markets ... , Russia , ... (BRIC) will see robust expansion as these economies expand ... procedures. Although revenues will be somewhat impeded by poor ... approval times and demand for low-cost products, the market ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... --  Easy Breathe , the fastest growing online ... now offers the revolutionary AirSense CPAPs by ... apnea therapy devices with internal cellular modems.  This break-through ... share real-time data on each user,s quality of sleep ... addition, the internal modem allows the CPAP to be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese Markets for Peripheral Vascular Devices Will See Strong Expansion Through 2023 2Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese Markets for Peripheral Vascular Devices Will See Strong Expansion Through 2023 3Easy Breathe Now Offers World's First "Smart" CPAP Device to Treat Sleep Apnea 2Easy Breathe Now Offers World's First "Smart" CPAP Device to Treat Sleep Apnea 3Easy Breathe Now Offers World's First "Smart" CPAP Device to Treat Sleep Apnea 4
... startup  PhotOral™  announced today it has licensed a ... to develop a novel intraoral device that uses ... dental plaque microorganisms. The agreement empowers ... the $7 billion oral care market.  PhotOral Founder ...
... R.I., Dec. 15, 2011  CVS Caremark announced today ... Chain Distinction Award North America in the Logistics ... week at the annual Supply Chain Logistics Summit ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/NE75914LOGO ) The Logistics Best ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Life Sciences Startup PhotOral Licenses Patented Oral Blue-Light Technology From Forsyth Institute 2CVS Caremark Receives Logistics Best Practice Award at 2011 Supply Chain Logistics Summit 2CVS Caremark Receives Logistics Best Practice Award at 2011 Supply Chain Logistics Summit 3