Probabilistic decision-making

Edmund T. Rolls and Gustavo Deco

in The Noisy Brain

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587865
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702471 | DOI:
Probabilistic decision-making

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This chapter shows how an attractor network can model probabilistic decision making. For decision making, the attractor network is trained to have two or more attractor states, each of which corresponds to one of the decisions. Each attractor set of neurons receives a biasing input which corresponds to the evidence in favour of that decision. The model not only shows how probabilistic decision making could be implemented in the brain, but also how the evidence can be accumulated over long periods of time because of the integrating action of the attractor's short-term memory network.

Keywords: attractor network; probabilistic decision-making; STM; biasing input

Chapter.  14899 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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