Resolving response, decision, and strategic control: evidence for a functional topography in dorsomedial prefrontal cortex.
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The dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (DMPFC) plays a central role in aspects of cognitive control and decision making. Here, we provide evidence for an anterior-to-posterior topography within the DMPFC using tasks that evoke three distinct forms of control demands--response, decision, and strategic--each of which could be mapped onto independent behavioral data. Specifically, we identify three spatially distinct regions within the DMPFC: a posterior region associated with control demands evoked by multiple incompatible responses, a middle region associated with control demands evoked by the relative desirability of decision options, and an anterior region that predicts control demands related to deviations from an individual's preferred decision-making strategy. These results provide new insight into the functional organization of DMPFC and suggest how recent controversies about its role in complex decision making and response mapping can be reconciled.
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Predictive Value of Tests
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2708-09.2009
Publication InfoHuettel, Scott; Rosati, Alexandra G; Taren, AA; & Venkatraman, V (2009). Resolving response, decision, and strategic control: evidence for a functional topography in dorsomedial prefrontal cortex. J Neurosci, 29(42). pp. 13158-13164. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2708-09.2009. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6928.
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Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research in my laboratory investigates the brain mechanisms underlying economic and social decision making; collectively, this research falls into the field of “decision neuroscience” or "neuroeconomics". My laboratory uses fMRI to probe brain function, behavioral assays to characterize individual differences, and other physiological methods (e.g., eye tracking, pharmacological manipulation, genetics) to link brain and behavior. Concurrent with research on basic processes, my labo