Benjamin Timberlake

Benjamin Timberlake
Università degli Studi di Trento | UNITN · CIMEC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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October 2015 - August 2016
Università degli Studi di Trento
Position
  • Doctoral student in Giorgio Coricelli's Learning and Decision Making Group

Publications

Publications (6)
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Background Although vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is considered the central strategy against the pandemic, uptake lags behind target rates. Method To explore whether this rate could be enhanced by a nudging strategy that exploits the status quo bias, we conducted a randomized controlled trial in northern Italy comparing vaccination acceptance amo...
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Although vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is considered the central strategy against the pandemic, uptake lags behind target rates. To explore whether this rate could be enhanced by a nudging strategy that exploits the status quo bias, we conducted a randomized controlled study in northern Italy comparing vaccination acceptance among 2,000 adults age...
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Although the efficacies of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, i.e., the virus that causes Covid-19, have been publicized and praised, and although they are assumed to encourage vaccine compliance, little is known about how well these figures are understood by the general public. Our study aims to fill this gap by investigating whether laypeople have an a...
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Repeated or prolonged exposure to an odorant without any positive or negative reinforcement produces experience-dependent plasticity, which results in habituation and latent inhibition. In the honeybee (Apis mellifera), it has been demonstrated that, even if the absolute neural representation of an odor in the primary olfactory center, the antennal...

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The ability to adapt to new decision environments and to learn from feedback declines with age, resulting in sub-optimal decision-making in elderly. There has been much debate on whether elderly lose their ability to learn from negative feedback. We propose that rather than a specific deficit in punishment vs. reward processing, older adults might be impaired in value normalization. During learning in a specific context, the reward system tunes to adapt to the range of rewards or punishments previously encountered in that context. This value normalization theoretically allows for better discriminating between the values of currently available options.