Orbitofrontal neurons infer the value and identity of predicted outcomes

@inproceedings{Stalnaker2014OrbitofrontalNI,
  title={Orbitofrontal neurons infer the value and identity of predicted outcomes},
  author={Thomas A Stalnaker and Nisha K. Cooch and Michael A McDannald and Tzu-Lan Liu and Heather M. Wied and Geoffrey Schoenbaum},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2014}
}
The best way to respond flexibly to changes in the environment is to anticipate them. Such anticipation often benefits us if we can infer that a change has occurred, before we have actually experienced the effects of that change. Here we test for neural correlates of this process by recording single-unit activity in the orbitofrontal cortex in rats performing a choice task in which the available rewards changed across blocks of trials. Consistent with the proposal that orbitofrontal cortex… CONTINUE READING
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