From Creatures of Habit to Goal-Directed Learners: Tracking the Developmental Emergence of Model-Based Reinforcement Learning.

@article{Decker2016FromCO,
  title={From Creatures of Habit to Goal-Directed Learners: Tracking the Developmental Emergence of Model-Based Reinforcement Learning.},
  author={Johannes Hugo Decker and Amber R. Otto and Nathaniel D. Daw and Catherine A Hartley},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2016},
  volume={27 6},
  pages={
          848-58
        }
}
Theoretical models distinguish two decision-making strategies that have been formalized in reinforcement-learning theory. A model-based strategy leverages a cognitive model of potential actions and their consequences to make goal-directed choices, whereas a model-free strategy evaluates actions based solely on their reward history. Research in adults has begun to elucidate the psychological mechanisms and neural substrates underlying these learning processes and factors that influence their… CONTINUE READING

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