Latest Read Montague Stories

2012-05-18 02:14:41

The baseline level of distrust is distinct and separable from our inborn lie detector Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on my parahippocampal gyrus. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found that suspicion resides in two distinct regions of the brain: the amygdala, which plays a central role in processing fear and emotional memories, and the parahippocampal gyrus, which is associated with declarative memory and the recognition of scenes....

2011-11-24 11:39:21

When seeking a physician, you should look for one with experience. Right? Maybe not. Research on physicians' decision-making processes has revealed that those who pay attention to failures as well as successes become more adept at selecting the correct treatment. "We found that all the physicians in the study included irrelevant criteria in their decisions," said Read Montague, Ph.D., director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute...

2011-11-24 11:37:31

We rely on our doctors to make appropriate decisions for our treatment, but this process can be subject to a variety of potentially conflicting influences. To identify what makes a good decision-maker, a team of researchers, led by Read Montague, PhD, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, tested 35 experienced physicians for their ability to make appropriate treatment choices, and found that the doctors who performed best were those who...

2011-10-31 10:11:38

A research team led by investigators at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has demonstrated the first rapid measurements of dopamine release in a human brain and provided preliminary evidence that the neurotransmitter can be tracked in its movement between brain cells while a subject expresses decision-making behavior. "In an experiment where we measured dopamine release while a subject made investment decisions in a stock market trading game, we showed that dopamine tracks...

2010-07-28 13:02:50

You hear it all the time in museums and art galleries: "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like." As a corollary, neuroscience researchers at Baylor College of Medicine add that money, even if only tangentially related, can influence that opinion. On a more global platform, value judgments of this sort can be altered by such influences or favors, said Dr. P. Read Montague, professor of neuroscience at BCM and the senior author of a report evaluating the effect of a payment on art...

2005-04-01 06:30:00

Hint: It may have something to do with love HealthDay News -- In a springtime sort of story, researchers say they've used advanced scanning methods to pinpoint the region of the brain where feelings of trust arise. Turns out those emotions are nestled in the same area as the most powerful springtime feeling of all -- love. Reporting in the April 1 issue of Science, the researchers used a simplified investment game to probe the workings of the human mind. Their work involved two advanced...

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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.