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

  • Author(s): Juavinett, Ashley L
  • Erlich, Jeffrey C
  • Churchland, Anne K
  • et al.

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.

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