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From biophysics to cognition: reward-dependent adaptive choice behavior

Soltani, Alireza and Wang, Xiao-Jing (2008) From biophysics to cognition: reward-dependent adaptive choice behavior. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 18 (2). pp. 209-216. ISSN 0959-4388. doi:10.1016/j.conb.2008.07.003.

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In neurobiological studies of various cognitive abilities, neuroscientists use mathematical models to fit behavioral data from well-controlled experiments and look for neural activities that are correlated with parameters in those models. The pinpointed neural correlates are often taken as evidence that a given task is performed according to the prescription of the applied model, and the relevant brain areas encode parameters of such a model. However, to go beyond correlations toward causal understanding, it is necessary to elucidate at multiple levels the neural circuit mechanisms of cognitive processes. This review focuses on recent studies of reward-based decision-making that have begun to tackle this challenge.

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Additional Information:© 2008 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Available online 21 August 2008. This work was supported by NIH grants MH073246. We thank Zahra Ayubi and Daeyeol Lee for comments on the manuscript.
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Subject Keywords:anterior cingulate cortex; term synaptic depression; dopamine neurons encode; mixed-strategy game; decision-making; matching behavior; prefrontal cortex; corticostriatal synapses; receptor activation; superior colliculus
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