Primate Amygdala Neurons Simulate Decision Processes of Social Partners

@inproceedings{Grabenhorst2019PrimateAN,
  title={Primate Amygdala Neurons Simulate Decision Processes of Social Partners},
  author={Fabian Grabenhorst and Raymundo B{\'a}ez-Mendoza and Wilfried Genest and Gustavo Deco and Wolfram Schultz},
  booktitle={Cell},
  year={2019}
}
By observing their social partners, primates learn about reward values of objects. Here, we show that monkeys' amygdala neurons derive object values from observation and use these values to simulate a partner monkey's decision process. While monkeys alternated making reward-based choices, amygdala neurons encoded object-specific values learned from observation. Dynamic activities converted these values to representations of the recorded monkey's own choices. Surprisingly, the same activity… CONTINUE READING

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