Special Reviews

Prospection: Experiencing the Future

Science  07 Sep 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5843, pp. 1351-1354
DOI: 10.1126/science.1144161

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Abstract

All animals can predict the hedonic consequences of events they've experienced before. But humans can predict the hedonic consequences of events they've never experienced by simulating those events in their minds. Scientists are beginning to understand how the brain simulates future events, how it uses those simulations to predict an event's hedonic consequences, and why these predictions so often go awry.

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