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Trends Neurosci. 2017 May;40(5):256-259. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2017.03.002. Epub 2017 Mar 30.

The Role of Mental Maps in Decision-Making.

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1
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, London, UK. Electronic address: raphael.kaplan.09@ucl.ac.uk.
2
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. Electronic address: nschuck@princeton.edu.
3
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Centre for Neural Computation, The Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits, NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, St Olav's Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway; Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Abstract

A growing body of work is investigating the use of mental maps during decision-making. Here we discuss how decision-making organizes experiences according to an internal model of the current task, thereby structuring memory. Likewise, we consider how the structure of mental maps contributes to decision-making.

KEYWORDS:

cognitive map; decision-making; entorhinal cortex; hippocampus; medial prefrontal cortex; state space

PMID:
28365032
DOI:
10.1016/j.tins.2017.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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