It’s In-decision time now

BRAIN GAIN: Executive decision-making is high on the neuroscientists’ research agenda. Just how do those 86 billion brain cells organize themselves to make it all so seamless? And what about indecision? Two recent reports in Scicasts (scicast.org) make for an interesting comparison. Researchers at Cambridge, from the Dept. of Engineering, have come up with some useful work about decision-making.1Computational Neuroscience for February 4th. reports a paper in a recent copy of The Journal of Neuroscience  in which the authors distinguished between habit-based decisions and goal-based decisions. Habits, it is suggested, are like websites cached on a computer. They load faster the next time they are visited. In humans habits are extremely economical of energy and leave the option open for attention to be directed elsewhere. Think of learning to drive and…


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