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Effects of Cortical Microstimulation on Confidence in a Perceptual Decision.
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PMID:  25123306     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Decisions are often associated with a degree of certainty, or confidence-an estimate of the probability that the chosen option will be correct. Recent neurophysiological results suggest that the central processing of evidence leading to a perceptual decision also establishes a level of confidence. Here we provide a causal test of this hypothesis by electrically stimulating areas of the visual cortex involved in motion perception. Monkeys discriminated the direction of motion in a noisy display and were sometimes allowed to opt out of the direction choice if their confidence was low. Microstimulation did not reduce overall confidence in the decision but instead altered confidence in a manner that mimicked a change in visual motion, plus a small increase in sensory noise. The results suggest that the same sensory neural signals support choice, reaction time, and confidence in a decision and that artificial manipulation of these signals preserves the quantitative relationship between accumulated evidence and confidence.
Authors:
Christopher R Fetsch; Roozbeh Kiani; William T Newsome; Michael N Shadlen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-8-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuron     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-4199     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuron     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-8-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809320     Medline TA:  Neuron     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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