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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Goal-Directed Decision Making|
|Subtitle of host publication||Computations and Neural Circuits|
|Number of pages||27|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2018|
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