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The Anatomy of Bias: How Neural Circuits Weigh the Options

Jan Lauwereyns


This book examines the neural underpinnings of decision-making using “bias” as its core concept, rather than the more common but noncommittal terms “selection” and “attention.” It offers an integrative, interdisciplinary account of the structure and function of bias, which it defines as a basic brain mechanism that attaches different weights to different information sources, prioritizing some cognitive representations at the expense of others. The author introduces the concepts of bias and sensitivity based on notions from Bayesian probability, which he translates into easily recognizable neur ... More

Keywords: selection, attention, cognitive representations, Bayesian probability, neural signatures, experimental literature, positive motivations, negative motivations, sensory inputs, neural underpinnings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262123105
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262123105.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Lauwereyns, author