Beyond "incentive hope": Information sampling and learning under reward uncertainty

Maya Zhe Wang, Benjamin Y. Hayden

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Information seeking, especially when motivated by strategic learning and intrinsic curiosity, could render the new mechanism incentive hope proposed by Anselme & Güntürkün sufficient, but not necessary to explain how reward uncertainty promotes reward seeking and consumption. Naturalistic and foraging-like tasks can help parse motivational processes that bridge learning and foraging behaviors and identify their neural underpinnings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere56
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Learning
  • Motivation
  • Reward
  • Uncertainty

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Comment
  • Journal Article


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