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Epilogue: Models of Decision-Making

  • J. Altman
Part of the Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences book series (NEUROSCIENCE)

Abstract

In 1987, my colleague Jenny Kien and I published a paper entitled, “A model for decision making in the insect nervous system” (Altman and Kien 1987a). At that time, neurobiologists were paying virtually no attention to the process of choosing or selecting actions, although we subsequently discovered the papers by Damasio et al. describing EVR, a patient with damage to the ventro-medial frontal lobes who was unable to make decisions (see Damasio 1994). From these small seeds the flourishing bush described by the papers in this volume has sprung.

Keywords

Command Neuron Somatic Marker Prefrontal Lobe Suboesophageal Ganglion Cyclical Attractor 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Altman
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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