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How do Somatic Markers Feature in Decision Making?

Bartol, Jordan and Linquist, Stefan (2015) How do Somatic Markers Feature in Decision Making? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Several recent criticisms of the somatic marker hypothesis (SMH) identify multiple ambiguities in the way it has been formulated by its chief proponents. Here we provide evidence that this hypothesis has also been interpreted in various different ways by the scientific community. Our diagnosis of this problem is that SMH lacks an adequate computational-level account of practical decision making. Such an account is necessary for drawing meaningful links between neurological- and psychological-level data. The paper concludes by providing a simple, five-step model of practical decision making. Recasting SMH in terms of this model generates more precise and empirically tractable computational-level hypotheses about the various ways that somatic markers might influence practical decisions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Bartol, Jordanphjnb@leeds.ac.uk
Linquist, Stefanlinquist@uoguelph.ca
Additional Information: to be published in Emotion Review
Keywords: Somatic Marker Hypothesis, Cognitive Neuroscience, Methodology, Decision Making, Emotion, Damasio,
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Decision Theory
Depositing User: Mr Jordan Bartol
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2014 14:49
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 14:49
Item ID: 10601
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Decision Theory
Date: 2015
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10601

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