Prefrontal executive function and adaptive behavior in complex environments.

  title={Prefrontal executive function and adaptive behavior in complex environments.},
  author={Etienne Koechlin},
  journal={Current opinion in neurobiology},
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) subserves higher cognitive abilities such as planning, reasoning and creativity. Here we review recent findings from both empirical and theoretical studies providing new insights about these cognitive abilities and their neural underpinnings in the PFC as overcoming key adaptive limitations in reinforcement learning. We outline a unified theoretical framework describing the PFC function as implementing an algorithmic solution approximating statistically optimal, but… CONTINUE READING
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