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Working to win vs. working to keep: Prospect Theory and effort-based decision-making in humans

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dc.contributor.author Roman, Olivia C.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-14T18:35:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-14T18:35:25Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5073
dc.description Thesis describes humans' decisional behavior in regards to working to win money and working to avoid losing money, how it could relate to anhedonia, and how the results reflect the tenets of Prospect Theory. en_US
dc.description.abstract Reward processing studies of anhedonia have provided a great deal of support to the idea that this common symptom of depression and schizophrenia is characterized in part by decreased motivation to pursue rewards. However, there is also compelling evidence that reward and loss processing are linked, suggesting that anhedonic individuals may also experience reduced motivation to avoid a loss. Using a modified version of the Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task, this study examined undergraduates’ behavior when working to win money versus working to avoid losing money, and how this behavior reflected trait anhedonia, depression, and anxiety. Consistent with Prospect Theory, participants were more likely to expend effort to avoid a loss. However, no correlations were observed between performance and self-reported personality/psychopathological traits. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject Prospect Theory en_US
dc.subject anhedonia en_US
dc.subject decision-making en_US
dc.subject motivation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Anhedonia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Motivation (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reward (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Decision making en_US
dc.title Working to win vs. working to keep: Prospect Theory and effort-based decision-making in humans en_US
dc.title.alternative Prospect Theory and effort-based decision making en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US


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