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Exploiting and exploring the options


Hare, Todd A (2014). Exploiting and exploring the options. Science, 344(6191):1446-1447.

Abstract

In an ever-changing world, the brain must continually formulate, monitor, and adapt patterns of behavior to achieve the best outcome. Often, strategies that we have employed in the past to solve a problem or reach a specific result will work again when we are confronted with a similar situation. When this is the case, we can exploit such strategies for maximal gain. However, if important aspects of the environment or context have changed, we need to modify our behavior and explore new action strategies. How does the brain monitor and adapt our behavior or create altogether new strategies? On page 1481 of this issue, Donoso et al. (1) provide key algorithmic and neurobiological insights into how the human brain accomplishes such feats.

Abstract

In an ever-changing world, the brain must continually formulate, monitor, and adapt patterns of behavior to achieve the best outcome. Often, strategies that we have employed in the past to solve a problem or reach a specific result will work again when we are confronted with a similar situation. When this is the case, we can exploit such strategies for maximal gain. However, if important aspects of the environment or context have changed, we need to modify our behavior and explore new action strategies. How does the brain monitor and adapt our behavior or create altogether new strategies? On page 1481 of this issue, Donoso et al. (1) provide key algorithmic and neurobiological insights into how the human brain accomplishes such feats.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:27 June 2014
Deposited On:24 Oct 2014 12:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:27
Publisher:American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISSN:0036-8075
Additional Information:This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science {Vol. 344 no. 6191 pp. 1446-1447 , (27. June 2014), 10.1126/science.1256862}.
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1256862

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