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What is the neural basis of abstraction? Working in collaboration with experimental groups who have trained monkeys and humans on a decision task, we analyze how subjects make use of visual information and feedback to infer a hidden rule, where the rule switches in an uncued fashion. We fit a suite of behavioral models and learn that while humans are close to optimal Bayesian agents, monkey behavior is better fit as reinforcement learning, with a novel additional factor included. We use this behavioral model to elucidate structure in neural activity recorded from 200 sites across the brain, finding low-dimensional and dynamic representations of stimulus, feedback and  reward prediction error that support the notion of internal states captured by the behavioral model.



December 8, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
2215 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z3 Canada

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