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Prefrontal Brain Rhythms and Rule-Based Action (Topic 3.3.3)

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Technical Report,01 Aug 2014,31 Jul 2018

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Boston University Boston United States

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Streams of flexible behavior and thought in daily life involve shifts in action-guiding sets of associations previously learned between conditions, responses, and outcomes. For instance, actions performed driving toward a traffic light are guided by a set of associations, called rules, mapping light colors sensory conditions to pedal controls motor responses after passing the light, other rules guide subsequent actions. This raises the central question how do the dynamics of the brain affect how rules are carried out Furthermore, neural oscillations are associated with all facets of cognition and are exhibited by rule-encoding cell assemblies in behaving monkeys nevertheless, the ways in which such brain dynamics support cognition is only beginning to be addressed. Our goal is to improve our understanding of how rhythmic mechanisms in networks contribute to such cognitively important neural dynamics.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Psychology

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