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On each trial, participants pump a simulated balloon without knowing when it will explode. Each pump increases the potential reward to be gained but also the probability of explosion, which wipes out all potential gains for that trial. In most studies, balloon explosion probabilities are drawn from a uniform distribution, and participants must learn explosion probabilities through trial-and-error.



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balloon analogue risk task has been asserted to measure the following CONCEPTS
Phenotypes associated with balloon analogue risk task


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Predicting risky choices from brain activity patterns
Balloon Analog Risk-taking Task

In the Cognitive Atlas, we define a contrast as any function over experimental conditions. The simplest contrast is the indicator value for a specific condition; more complex contrasts include linear or nonlinear functions of the indicator across different experimental conditions.

average number of pumps

An indicator is a specific quantitative or qualitative variable that is recorded for analysis. These may include behavioral variables (such as response time, accuracy, or other measures of performance) or physiological variables (including genetics, psychophysiology, or brain imaging data).


Predicting risky choices from brain activity patterns.
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2014 Feb 18

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NeuroImage (Neuroimage)
2008 Aug 15

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