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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Neuroethology of Decision Making

Neuroethology of Decision Making

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(p.550) Chapter 27 Neuroethology of Decision Making
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Primate Neuroethology
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Daeyeol Lee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.003.0027

This chapter reviews the neuroethology of decision making in primates. It argues that primates evolved more complex decision-making circuits to deal with the increasing complexities associated with social interactions. It presents evidence that primates can treat interactions with a computerized opponent strategically, a behavior that requires the representation of current goals as well as prior rewards and prior actions. Neurons in the prefrontal cortex in particular, seem to encode these variables.

Keywords:   decision making, primates, social interaction, neuroethology

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