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Neurobiological Kinds: Understanding the Abstractions of Neurobiological Thought

Paul W. Glimcher

in Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199744251
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744251.003.0007
Neurobiological Kinds: Understanding the Abstractions of Neurobiological Thought

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This chapter begins with a brief tour of the sensory mechanisms of the human brain. The goal of this tour is to reveal several of the basic computational principles that recur throughout the mammalian brain. This is followed by a brief tour of the movement control (or motor) structures of the brain, which current evidence points to as a major component of the primate choice mechanism. The goal of this second step is to provide the anatomical foundations for understanding choice.

Keywords: sensory mechanisms; human brain; neurobiology; primate brain; choice

Chapter.  6601 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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