How Humans Predict others Decisions

Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI) in Japan have uncovered two brain signals in the human prefrontal cortex involved in how humans predict the decisions of other people. Their results suggest that the two signals, each located in distinct prefrontal circuits, strike a balance between expected and observed rewards and choices, enabling humans to predict the actions of people with different values than their own. Continue reading

10 Ways to Understand “Risk” at the Doctor’s Office

A new study has come out filled with health advice on how a patient can make informed, good decisions regarding treatment choices. There are so many questions, so many unknowns and so many medical words thrown around that you can quickly get lost. This article is about better understanding your “risk” of developing a problem. Here are 10 health tips on how to best inform you.

1. Plain language: If you don’t understand something your doctor says, ask him or her to explain it better. Don’t expect doctors to know when you don’t understand them.

2. Absolute risk: The most important statistic is what risk you have that something will happen to you if you take a certain treatment. You might hear: “This drug will cut your risk in half.” Continue reading