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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2018 Apr;49:42-50. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2017.11.001. Epub 2017 Nov 25.

Decision-making behaviors: weighing ethology, complexity, and sensorimotor compatibility.

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1
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, United States.
2
NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science, New York University Shanghai, Shanghai, China.
3
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, United States. Electronic address: churchland@cshl.edu.

Abstract

Rodent decision-making research aims to uncover the neural circuitry underlying the ability to evaluate alternatives and select appropriate actions. Designing behavioral paradigms that provide a solid foundation to ask questions about decision-making computations and mechanisms is a difficult and often underestimated challenge. Here, we propose three dimensions on which we can consider rodent decision-making tasks: ethological validity, task complexity, and stimulus-response compatibility. We review recent research through this lens, and provide practical guidance for researchers in the decision-making field.

PMID:
29179005
PMCID:
PMC5889959
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2017.11.001
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