Adaptive decision making, ecological validity, and the frontal lobes.

  title={Adaptive decision making, ecological validity, and the frontal lobes.},
  author={Elkhonon Goldberg and Kenneth Podell},
  journal={Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology},
  volume={22 1},
Existing neuropsychological procedures assess veridical, but not adaptive, decision making, which are based on different mechanisms. This severely curtails the tests' ecological validity, because most real-life decision making situations are adaptive, rather than veridical. Veridical decision making entails finding the correct response intrinsic to external situations and is actor-independent. Adaptive decision making is actor-centered and priority-based. Prefrontal cortex is critical for… CONTINUE READING

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