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15:15 - 16:15 13 October 2017

"Pop-up" Brain Meeting: The role of mental maps in memory and decision making - Dr. Raphael Kaplan


Basement seminar room (B10) (link Map)
UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience | 17 Queen Square | London | WC1N 3AZ | United Kingdom

A growing body of work is investigating the use of memory during decision processes. Most decision making research takes a ‘non-episodic’ perspective on memory and focuses on the storage of aggregate information about the desirability/value of different choices, doesn't address how disparate elements of past experience could rapidly inform decisions in novel situations. I will discuss how map-like encoding mechanisms may be a widespread phenomenon in the brain and help us generalize from past experience in order to efficiently make a wide variety of informed decisions. I will present functional MRI + neurophysiology work that leverages our experience exploring the physical world in order to probe how we rapidly make a series of novel choices, mentally explore scenes and use personal frame of reference to make inferences about new people. These findings suggest cognitive map-like neural computations can help the brain extract structure from previous experience to guide future decisions.


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