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An animal model of decision making: vicarious trial-and-error in tasks requiring memory for visual associations or spatial locations

Citation
Dudchenko P, Bett D, Allison E, Kaefer K & Wood ER (2013) An animal model of decision making: vicarious trial-and-error in tasks requiring memory for visual associations or spatial locations In: Yamaguchi Y (ed.) Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (III): Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Cognitive Neurodynamics - 2011, Dordrecht: Springer. ICCN2011: The 3rd International Conference on Cognitive Neurodynamics, 9.6.2011 - 13.6.2011, Hokkaido, Japan, pp. 429-435.

Abstract
To assess the neural substrates of deliberative decision-making, it is useful to have a tractable animal model of this cognitive process. In this chapter we describe one potential marker of deliberative decision making in rodents: the back-and-forth head movements of the animal as it makes a decision, also referred to as vicarious trial-and-errors (VTEs). We quantify these in a spatial reversal task and a visual discrimination task, and observe that they exhibit different patterns in these tasks. This result indicates that there may be at least two types of VTEs: exploratory and deliberative.

Keywords
Decision-making; Learning; Vicarious trial-and-error

StatusPublished
EditorYamaguchi Y
AuthorsDudchenko Paul, Bett David, Allison Elizabeth, Kaefer Karola, Wood Emma R
Publication date12/01/2013
Date of public distribution06/2011
URLhttp://link.springer.com/…4-007-4792-0_58#
PublisherSpringer
Place of publicationDordrecht
ISBN 978-94-007-4791-3
LanguageEnglish
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