Putting the Choice Mechanism Together: A Summary

Paul W. Glimcher

in Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199744251
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863433 | DOI:
Putting the Choice Mechanism Together: A Summary

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Over the past two decades, a tremendous amount of data has been gathered both about how the mammalian brain performs computations and about the final common path for movement control. The combination of these neurobiological data, what we know about the behavioral properties of mammalian decision making, and what we know about the logic of choice imposes serious constraints on any algorithmic model of this process. This chapter reviews the major features of any model that respects these constraints. Much of the specific neurobiological data that shapes our understanding of the structure of the final common path comes from studies of monkeys making eye movements. The general computational principles of the model presented in the chapter employs central features of any mammalian brain, but many of the specific computational details of the choice-making architecture are extrapolations from studies of the saccadic system.

Keywords: choice mechanism; movement control; eye movements; mammalian brain; neurobiological data

Chapter.  6606 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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