Exploring the neural substrates of choice and certainty

Science Daily reports:

University of Washington (UW) researchers who study how the brain makes decisions are uncovering the biological mechanisms behind the belief that a choice is likely to be correct.

“Choice certainty,” noted one of the researchers, Dr. Roozbeh Kiani, “allows us to translate our convictions into suitable actions.” Several other research projects have shown that choice certainty is closely associated with reaction time and with decision accuracy.

Kiani and the co-author of the new May 8 Science article, Michael N. Shadlen… tested the possibility that the same brain cell mechanism that underlies decision making might also underlie judgments about certainty…

The article can be found here.


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