Multivariate Neural Representations of Value during Reward Anticipation and Consummation in the Human Orbitofrontal Cortex

Chao Yan, Li Su, Yi Wang, Ting Xu, Da Zhi Yin, Ming Xia Fan, Ci Ping Deng, Yang Hu, Zhao Xin Wang, Eric F.C. Cheung, Kelvin O. Lim, Raymond C.K. Chan

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Abstract

The role of the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) in value processing is a focus of research. Conventional imaging analysis, where smoothing and averaging are employed, may not be sufficiently sensitive in studying the OFC, which has heterogeneous anatomical structures and functions. In this study, we employed representational similarity analysis (RSA) to reveal the multi-voxel fMRI patterns in the OFC associated with value processing during the anticipatory and the consummatory phases. We found that multi-voxel activation patterns in the OFC encoded magnitude and partial valence information (win vs. loss) but not outcome (favourable vs. unfavourable) during reward consummation. Furthermore, the lateral OFC rather than the medial OFC encoded loss information. Also, we found that OFC encoded values in a similar way to the ventral striatum (VS) or the anterior insula (AI) during reward anticipation regardless of motivated response and to the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) and the VS in reward consummation. In contrast, univariate analysis did not show changes of activation in the OFC. These findings suggest an important role of the OFC in value processing during reward anticipation and consummation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number29079
JournalScientific reports
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 5 2016

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    Yan, C., Su, L., Wang, Y., Xu, T., Yin, D. Z., Fan, M. X., Deng, C. P., Hu, Y., Wang, Z. X., Cheung, E. F. C., Lim, K. O., & Chan, R. C. K. (2016). Multivariate Neural Representations of Value during Reward Anticipation and Consummation in the Human Orbitofrontal Cortex. Scientific reports, 6, [29079]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep29079