Every action we take involves a cost to us in physical energy, yet studies about decision-making have tended to look at how we weight up external costs like risks or time. However, being unwilling to exert effort is a symptom for a range of mental disorders, so understanding how the brain processes decisions about effort versus reward could provide insights into these conditions.
Research finds how the brain decides between effort and reward
28 September 2016
How do we decide if something is worth the effort? A team of researchers from Oxford University and UCL have been finding out.