Goal-directed sequences in the hippocampus

Brandy Schmidt, Andrew M. Wikenheiser, A. David Redish

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Humans make goal-directed decisions every day. New data suggest that other mammals also make goal-directed decisions. Current theories hypothesize that goal-directed decisions arise from search processes through imagined forward models by which we work out the consequences of specific actions then choose from among those actions based on the utility of the outcomes (Niv, Joel, & Dayan, 2006). In this chapter, we will review the processes that underlie goal-directed decision-making in mammalian brains and make the case that the hippocampus is a key component of the imagination process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGoal-Directed Decision Making
Subtitle of host publicationComputations and Neural Circuits
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780128120989
ISBN (Print)9780128120996
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Action-sequences
  • Episodic memory
  • Imagination
  • Mental time-travel


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