Beyond uncertainty: A broader scope for incentive hope mechanisms and its implications
Updated: Jan 12
We propose that food-related uncertainty is but one of multiple cues that predict harsh conditions and may activate incentive hope.
An evolutionarily adaptive response to these would have been to shift to a behavioral-metabolic phenotype geared toward facing hardship. In modernity, this phenotype may lead to pathologies like obesity and hoarding.
Our perspective suggests a novel therapeutic approach