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Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making$
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Peter Hammerstein and Jeffrey R. Stevens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018081

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018081.001.0001

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Robust Neural Decision Making

Robust Neural Decision Making

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(p.151) 9 Robust Neural Decision Making
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Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making
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Peter Dayan

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018081.003.0009

Animals are extremely robust decision makers. They make seemingly good choices in a very wide range of circumstances, using neural hardware that is noisy, labile, and error prone. This chapter considers dimensions of robustness that go beyond fault tolerance, including the effects of outliers and various forms of uncertainty, and discusses the multiple scales of robustness afforded by the rich complexities of neural control.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, decision making, robustness, instrumental control, neural reinforcement learning, Pavlovian control, robustness, uncertainty

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