Neural coding of uncertainty and probability

Wei Ji Ma, Mehrdad Jazayeri

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Abstract

Organisms must act in the face of sensory, motor, and reward uncertainty stemming from a pandemonium of stochasticity and missing information. In many tasks, organisms can make better decisions if they have at their disposal a representation of the uncertainty associated with task-relevant variables. We formalize this problem using Bayesian decision theory and review recent behavioral and neural evidence that the brain may use knowledge of uncertainty, confidence, and probability. ©

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-220
Number of pages16
JournalAnnual Review of Neuroscience
Volume37
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Uncertainty
Decision Theory
Reward
Brain

Keywords

  • Bayesian inference
  • Decision making
  • Perception
  • Population encoding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Neural coding of uncertainty and probability. / Ma, Wei Ji; Jazayeri, Mehrdad.

In: Annual Review of Neuroscience, Vol. 37, 2014, p. 205-220.

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Ma, Wei Ji ; Jazayeri, Mehrdad. / Neural coding of uncertainty and probability. In: Annual Review of Neuroscience. 2014 ; Vol. 37. pp. 205-220.
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