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Context-dependent utility overrides absolute memory as a determinant of choice.

Abstract:

A core problem of decision theories is that although decisionmakers' preferences depend on learning, their choices could be driven either by learned representations of the physical properties of each alternative (for instance reward sizes) or of the benefit (utility and fitness) experienced from them. Physical properties are independent of the subject's state and context, but utility depends on both. We show that starlings' choices are better explained by memory for context-dependent utility ...

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10.1073/pnas.0907250107

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume:
107
Issue:
1
Pages:
508-512
Publication date:
2010-01-05
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EISSN:
1091-6490
ISSN:
0027-8424
URN:
uuid:c57b3ebb-6f05-41c8-bd8a-4f64d55999fe
Source identifiers:
209917
Local pid:
pubs:209917

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