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Action costs and competition costs in reward-guided decision making (360G-Wellcome-096589_Z_11_Z)

I propose to use functional magnetic resonance imaging in combination with computational modelling to investigate questions of learning and decision making. The proposed project aims to understand how the brain processes action-related and social information to minimise decision costs. More specifically, it is intended to examine whether there are brain mechanisms underlying learning and decision making that do not relate specific occurrences of stimuli to specific occurrences of outcomes, as commonly thought, but which instead are based on the rate of reward received over time and the rate of action that is emitted. In some other contexts, where more than one individual is present then it may be the case that an agent will alsocompare their action-reward rates with those that appear to be experienced by other competing agents. From a foraging perspective both sets of information, although seemingly disparate in nature, can be understood as key parameters determining decision costs. In investigating the brain mechanisms underlying the inclusion of these costs in decision making, the research project particularly aims to understand the roles of various frontal cortical regions, especially the cingulate cortex

£155,726

12 Jul 2011

Grant details
Amount Awarded 155726
Applicant Surname Wittmann
Approval Committee Neurosciences And Mental Health
Award Date 2011-07-12T00:00:00+00:00
Financial Year 2010/11
Grant Programme: Title PhD Studentship (Basic)
Internal ID 096589/Z/11/Z
Lead Applicant Mr Marco Wittmann
Planned Dates: End Date 2015-09-30T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2011-10-01T00:00:00+00:00
Recipient Org: Country United Kingdom
Region South East
Sponsor(s) Prof Andrew King
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