Flutter discrimination: neural codes, perception, memory and decision making

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2003 Mar;4(3):203-18. doi: 10.1038/nrn1058.


Recent studies combining psychophysical and neurophysiological experiments in behaving monkeys have provided new insights into how several cortical areas integrate efforts to solve a vibrotactile discrimination task. In particular, these studies have addressed how neural codes are related to perception, working memory and decision making in this model. The primary somatosensory cortex drives higher cortical areas where past and current sensory information are combined, such that a comparison of the two evolves into a behavioural decision. These and other observations in visual tasks indicate that decisions emerge from highly-distributed processes in which the details of a scheduled motor plan are gradually specified by sensory information.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Decision Making / physiology*
  • Discrimination, Psychological / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Models, Neurological
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Perception / physiology*