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

Juavinett, A. L., Erlich, J. C., Churchland, A. K. (November 2017) Decision-making behaviors: weighing ethology, complexity, and sensorimotor compatibility. Curr Opin Neurobiol, 49. pp. 42-50. ISSN 0959-4388

DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2017.11.001


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.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: organism description > animal behavior > decision making
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Communities: CSHL labs > Churchland lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 24 November 2017
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 21:59
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2018 19:13
PMCID: PMC5889959
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