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Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Oct;16(10):485-8. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.08.006. Epub 2012 Aug 30.

Planning as inference.

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  • 1Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.


Recent developments in decision-making research are bringing the topic of planning back to center stage in cognitive science. This renewed interest reopens an old, but still unanswered question: how exactly does planning happen? What are the underlying information processing operations and how are they implemented in the brain? Although a range of interesting possibilities exists, recent work has introduced a potentially transformative new idea, according to which planning is accomplished through probabilistic inference.

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