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Reward-guided learning with and without causal attribution

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When an organism receives a reward, it is crucial to know which of many candidate actions caused this reward. However, recent work suggests that learning is possible even when this most fundamental assumption is not met. We used novel reward-guided learning paradigms in two fMRI studies to show that humans deploy separable learning mechanisms that operate in parallel. While behavior was dominated by precise contingent learning, it also revealed hallmarks of noncontingent learning strategies. ...

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10.1016/j.neuron.2016.02.018

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University of Oxford
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MSD
Department:
Clinical Neurosciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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MSD
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Clinical Neurosciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Clinical Neurosciences
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Author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Clinical Neurosciences
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Name:
James S. McDonnel Foundation
Funding agency for:
Behrens, T
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JSMF220020372
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Wellcome Trust
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Constantinescu, A
Walton, M
Behrens, T
Grant:
099715/Z/12/Z; WT088312AIA
WT090051MA
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Federal State of Saxony Anhalt
Funding agency for:
Jocham, G
Publisher:
Cell Press
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Neuron More from this journal
Publication date:
2016-03-10
Acceptance date:
2016-01-19
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EISSN:
1097-4199
ISSN:
0896-6273
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pubs:610639
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uuid:d25a48d3-0cc3-483d-9dd1-c694fb70d5da
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pubs:610639
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610639
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2016-03-17

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