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Dopamine and cognitive control: The prospect of monetary gains influences the balance between flexibility and stability in a set-shifting paradigm

Müller, Johannes ; Dreisbach, Gesine ; Goschke, Thomas ; Hensch, Tilman ; Lesch, Klaus-Peter ; Brocke, Burkhard


Positive affect and the activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine seem to shift the balance between cognitive flexibility vs stability towards increased flexibility. Here we examined the impact of prospective monetary gains on this balance. Seventy healthy volunteers performed a set-shifting task comprising a condition in which a bias towards new stimuli helped to overcome perseveration and ...


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