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Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis$
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Paul W. Glimcher

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744251

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744251.001.0001

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Putting the Choice Mechanism Together: A Summary

Putting the Choice Mechanism Together: A Summary

(p.251) 11 Putting the Choice Mechanism Together: A Summary
Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis

Paul W. Glimcher

Oxford University Press

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

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