The neural correlates of subjective value during intertemporal choice

Joseph W. Kable, Paul W. Glimcher

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Neuroimaging studies of decision-making have generally related neural activity to objective measures (such as reward magnitude, probability or delay), despite choice preferences being subjective. However, economic theories posit that decision-makers behave as though different options have different subjective values. Here we use functional magnetic resonance imaging to show that neural activity in several brain regions - particularly the ventral striatum, medial prefrontal cortex and posterior cingulate cortex - tracks the revealed subjective value of delayed monetary rewards. This similarity provides unambiguous evidence that the subjective value of potential rewards is explicitly represented in the human brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1625-1633
Number of pages9
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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