Volume 12 Supplement 1
A neural field model of decision making in the posterior parietal cortex
© Klaes et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Published: 18 July 2011
The process of decision making often involves incomplete information about the outcome of the decision. In order to plan goal-directed reaching, it is necessary to combine sensory information about goal positions with information about the current behavioral context to select an appropriate action. A central role in this process is attributed to the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), which has been associated with value based selection of action and perceptual decision making. As an underlying mechanism, it has been proposed that the selection and specification of possible actions are not two distinct, sequential operations, but that instead the decision for an action emerges from the competition between different movement plans .
This matches the observations in monkeys performing the same task and it provides an account for the formation of action plans under ambiguous conditions. The field model provides an integrated account for the operations of sensorimotor transformations, working memory, and action selection required for decision making.
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