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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher
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Patrick Haggard

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.001.0001

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The anterior cingulate cortex: reward-guided action selection and the value of actions

The anterior cingulate cortex: reward-guided action selection and the value of actions

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(p.121) 6 The anterior cingulate cortex: reward-guided action selection and the value of actions
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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher Cognition
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Matthew F. S. Rushworth

Mark E. Walton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.003.0006

This chapter examines the contribution of the ventral and medial prefrontal regions of the brain, particularly the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), in the optimal evaluation of cost-benefit decisions. The findings suggest that though the ACC may register when actions lead to errors, its function is not error detection per se. The results also indicate that ACC is critical for a representation of the average value of the reward that is based not just on the last trial but on the recent history of reinforcement associated with the action, and for integrating the benefits and effort costs associated with an action.

Keywords:   cingulate cortex, orbitofrontal cortex, cost-benefit, error detection, action selection, action value

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