Kenji Doya, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Neuroscience and Social Decision Making Series

Title: 
“Neural Circuit for Mental Simulation”
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:30pm
Location: 
101 Peretsman Scully Hall
Hosted by: 
Zidong Zhao and Yeon Soon Shin
Department: 
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Category: 
Neuroscience & Social Decision Making
Summary: 

The basic process of decision making can be captured by learning of action values according to the theory of reinforcement learning. In our daily life, however, we rarely rely on pure trial-and-error and utilize any prior knowledge about the world to imagine what situation will happen before taking an action. How such “mental simulation” is realized in the circuit of the brain is an exciting new topic of neuroscience. Here I report our recent works with functional MRI in humans and two-photon imaging in mice to clarify how action-dependent state transition models are learned and utilized in the brain.