Agency is a social process that refers to an individual's ability to act and make his/her own choices freely, without influencing or limiting factors. It is in direct contrast to the social concept of structure, which contains factors of possible influence, including social class, beliefs and religion.

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    How we value our own rewards depends on what others have. A new study shows that neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex selectively monitor the value of rewards received by oneself or by another individual, whereas midbrain dopaminergic neurons integrate these values to generate social subjective reward values.

    • Olga Dal Monte
    • , Siqi Fan
    •  & Steve W. C. Chang
    Nature Neuroscience 21, 1298-1299