Pinning down how the brain predicts the consequences of choices
Learning to predict the outcomes of actions happens through two separate cognitive processes. Though distinct, it is frequently difficult to tell which scheme an individual is executing at any given instance.
A new study by the Neurobiology of Action lab implements a novel experimental approach that untangles the two, and pins down how a specific brain structure represents the various features involved in the decision making process.
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Section of a mouse brain that was labeled with green fluorescence. The highlighted areas express a molecule that allows scientists to control the activity of the neurons of the anterior cingulate cortex. Image credit: Rui Costa & Thomas Akam.