We are truely excited about our new preprint on #affectedbeliefs! What are affected beliefs? Beliefs are never neutral – they always depend on the context, on the learning experience, on motivations etc. Here we present an attempt of an empirical spell-out of the “value of beliefs” model published by Bromberg-Martín & Sharot in 2020 and show how the formation of performance beliefs is biased by the affect during learning. Biases in belief formation were associated with pupil measures, activity of the AI, amygdala, VTA/SN, and mPFC but also with embarrassment and pride. This reflects the reciprocal relation between the affected (i.e. biased) formation of beliefs and the affective (i.e. emotional) experience during learning.
Müller-Pinzler L, Czekalla N, Mayer AV, Schröder A, Stolz DS, Paulus FM, Krach S. Neurocomputational mechanisms of affected beliefs. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.10.26.465922v3