Midbrain dopamine neurons encode decisions for future action

@article{Morris2006MidbrainDN,
  title={Midbrain dopamine neurons encode decisions for future action},
  author={Genela Morris and Alon Nevet and David Arkadir and Eilon Vaadia and Hagai Bergman},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  year={2006},
  volume={9},
  pages={1057-1063}
}
Current models of the basal ganglia and dopamine neurons emphasize their role in reinforcement learning. However, the role of dopamine neurons in decision making is still unclear. We recorded from dopamine neurons in monkeys engaged in two types of trial: reference trials in an instructed-choice task and decision trials in a two-armed bandit decision task. We show that the activity of dopamine neurons in the decision setting is modulated according to the value of the upcoming action. Moreover… CONTINUE READING
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