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Gambling Monkeys Give Insight Into Neural Machinery of Risk

Duke University Medical Center neurobiologists have pinpointed circuitry in the brains of monkeys that assesses the level of risk in a given action. Their findings, gained from experiments in which they gave the monkeys a chance to gamble to receive juice rewards, could give insights into why humans compulsively engage in risky behaviors, including gambling, unsafe sex, drug use and overeating.

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