Perceptual Decision Making
Perceptual decision making is the process by which sensory information is used to guide behavior toward the external world. This involves gathering information through the senses, evaluating and integrating it according to the current goals and internal state of the subject, and using it to produce motor responses. In contrast to choice behavior and decision making in general, which are closely related concepts traditionally studied by psychologists, behavioral ecologists, and economists, perceptual decision making emphasizes the role of sensory information in directing behavior (e.g., during a choice). Thus, within neuroscience, the goal is to reveal the computational mechanisms whereby neural circuits encode, store, and analyze perceptual signals; combine them with other behaviorally relevant information; and use them to resolve conflicts between competing motor plans.
Studies in perceptual decision making aim to explain the behavior of a subject in...
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