Biologically Realistic Mathematical Model of How the Brain Makes Complex Decisions Created

Cambridge, UK (Scicasts) — Researchers have built the first biologically realistic mathematical model of how the brain plans and learns when faced with a complex decision-making process. Researchers have constructed the first comprehensive model of how neurons in the brain behave when faced with a complex decision-making process, and how they adapt and learn from mistakes. The mathematical model, developed by researchers from the University of Cambridge, is the first biologically realistic account of the process, and is able to predict not only behaviour, but also neural activity. The results, reported in The Journal of Neuroscience, could aid in the understanding of conditions from obsessive compulsive disorder and addiction to Parkinson’s disease. The model was compared to experimental data for a wide-ranging set of tasks, from simple binary choices to…


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