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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2012 Dec;22(6):927-36. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2012.05.007. Epub 2012 Jun 8.

Making decisions through a distributed consensus.

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Groupe de Recherche sur le Système Nerveux Central, Dept. de physiologie, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128 Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, QC H3C 3J7, Canada. paul.cisek@umontreal.ca

Abstract

How does the brain decide between actions? Is it through comparisons of abstract representations of outcomes or through a competition in a sensorimotor map defining the actions themselves? Here, I review strengths and limitations of both of these proposals, and suggest that decisions emerge through a distributed consensus across many levels of representation.

PMID:
22683275
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2012.05.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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