Perceptual Decision-Making: A Field in the Midst of a Transformation

Neuron. 2018 Oct 24;100(2):453-462. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.10.017.


Major changes are underway in the field of perceptual decision-making. Single-neuron studies have given way to population recordings with identified cell types, traditional analyses have been extended to accommodate these large and diverse collections of neurons, and novel methods of neural disruption have provided insights about causal circuits. Further, the field has expanded to include multiple new species: rodents and invertebrates, for example, have been instrumental in demonstrating the importance of internal state on neural responses. Finally, a renewed interest in ethological stimuli prompted development of new behaviors, frequently analyzed by new, automated movement tracking methods. Taken together, these advances constitute a seismic shift in both our approach and understanding of how incoming sensory signals are used to guide decisions.

Keywords: cognition; computational models; decision-making; imaging; mice; neural data analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Decision Making / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Neurons / physiology*