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Conference | Brain
From 5/3/2021 to 5/3/2021
Nils KOLLING (University of oxford, Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity) will give a talk on Zoom on May 3rd.
Deciding between apples and oranges has been an age-old question not just for hungry shoppers but within the field of decision-making research. However, very rarely have researchers considered the possibility to reject either and move on to the next shelf. I have previously argued that such a sequential decision making framework is not just essential for understanding foraging in animals in the wild, but also ecological, real life, behaviour in humans [1,2]. While it is intuitive that real life decision strategies require temporally extended coherent behaviours  and rely on prospection, maintained motivation and sequential adaptation, those cognitive and neural processes remain poorly understand. In the first part of my talk I will present our recent cognitive model for sequential search decisions, its underlying neural dynamics . In the second part I will talk about how more complex sequential behaviours could be supported by learning. Specifically, I will discuss multiple representations of changing reward environments in the anterior cingulate cortex [4,5] and how the changeability of the reward environment can affect how rare reward experiences are processed in orbitofrontal cortex.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.