Understanding the neurodynamic process of decision-making for mobile application downloading



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In this article, we try to explore and understand the neurodynamics of the decision-making process for mobile application downloading. We begin the model development in a rather unorthodox fashion. Patterns of brain activation regions are identified, across participants, at different time instance of the decision-making process. Region-wise activation knowledge from previous studies is used to put together the entire process model like a cognitive jigsaw puzzle. We find that there are indeed a common dynamic set of activation patterns that are consistent across people and apps. That is to say that not only are there consistent patterns of activation there is a consistent change from one pattern to another across time as people make the app adoption decision. Moreover, this pattern is clearly different for decisions that end in adoption than for decisions that end with no adoption.


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decision making, Functional magnetic resonance imaging, Hemodynamics, Visual cortex, Amygdala, Cerebellum, Sensory perception


Parmar H, Davis F, Walden E (2022) Understanding the neurodynamic process of decision-making for mobile application downloading. PLoS ONE 17(12): e0278753. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0278753