Population coding and behavioral choice

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1997 Dec;7(6):826-31. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(97)80142-0.


Many individual behavioral acts are produced by the combined activity of large populations of broadly tuned neurons, and the neuronal populations for different behaviors can overlap. Recent experiments monitoring and manipulating neuronal activity during behavioral decisions have begun to shed light on the mechanisms that enable overlapping populations of neurons to generate choices between categorically distinct behaviors.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior / physiology*
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Humans
  • Nerve Net / cytology*
  • Nerve Net / physiology*
  • Nervous System Physiological Phenomena*
  • Neurons / physiology*