Toward a Rational and Mechanistic Account of Mental Effort.

@article{Shenhav2017TowardAR,
  title={Toward a Rational and Mechanistic Account of Mental Effort.},
  author={Amitai Shenhav and Sebastian Musslick and Falk Lieder and Wouter Kool and Thomas L. Griffiths and Jonathan D. Cohen and Matthew M Botvinick},
  journal={Annual review of neuroscience},
  year={2017},
  volume={40},
  pages={
          99-124
        }
}
In spite of its familiar phenomenology, the mechanistic basis for mental effort remains poorly understood. Although most researchers agree that mental effort is aversive and stems from limitations in our capacity to exercise cognitive control, it is unclear what gives rise to those limitations and why they result in an experience of control as costly. The presence of these control costs also raises further questions regarding how best to allocate mental effort to minimize those costs and… CONTINUE READING

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