Ramping ensemble activity in dorsal anterior cingulate neurons during persistent commitment to a decision.

@article{Blanchard2015RampingEA,
  title={Ramping ensemble activity in dorsal anterior cingulate neurons during persistent commitment to a decision.},
  author={Tommy C Blanchard and Caleb E Strait and Benjamin Y. Hayden},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={114 4},
  pages={2439-49}
}
We frequently need to commit to a choice to achieve our goals; however, the neural processes that keep us motivated in pursuit of delayed goals remain obscure. We examined ensemble responses of neurons in macaque dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC), an area previously implicated in self-control and persistence, in a task that requires commitment to a choice to obtain a reward. After reward receipt, dACC neurons signaled reward amount with characteristic ensemble firing rate patterns; during… CONTINUE READING