Recent developments in decision-making research are bringing the topic of planning back to center stage in cognitive science. This renewed interest reopens an old, but still unanswered question: how exactly does planning happen? What are the underlying information processing operations and how are they implemented in the brain? Although a range of interesting possibilities exists, recent work has introduced a potentially transformative new idea, according to which planning is accomplished through probabilistic inference.
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