Neuroscience of Rule-Guided Behavior

Hardcover | October 8, 2007

EditorSilvia A. Bunge, Jonathan D. Wallis

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Neuroscience of Rule-Guided Behavior brings together, for the first time, the experiments and theories that have created the new science of rules. Rules are central to human behavior, but until now the field of neuroscience lacked a synthetic approach to understanding them. How are ruleslearned, retrieved from memory, maintained in consciousness and implemented? How are they used to solve problems and select among actions and activities? How are the various levels of rules represented in the brain, ranging from simple conditional ones if a traffic light turns red, then stop torules and strategies of such sophistication that they defy description? And how do brain regions interact to produce rule-guided behavior? These are among the most fundamental questions facing neuroscience, but until recently there was relatively little progress in answering them. It was difficultto probe brain mechanisms in humans, and expert opinion held that animals lacked the capacity for such high-level behavior. However, rapid progress in neuroimaging technology has allowed investigators to explore brain mechanisms in humans, while increasingly sophisticated behavioral methods haverevealed that animals can and do use high-level rules to control their behavior. The resulting explosion of information has led to a new science of rules, but it has also produced a plethora of overlapping ideas and terminology and a field sorely in need of synthesis. In this book, Silvia Bunge andJonathan Wallis bring together the worlds leading cognitive and systems neuroscientists to explain the most recent research on rule-guided behavior. Their work covers a wide range of disciplines and methods, including neuropsychology, functional magnetic resonance imaging, neurophysiology,electroencephalography, neuropharmacology, near-infrared spectroscopy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. This unprecedented synthesis is a must-read for anyone interested in how complex behavior is controlled and organized by the brain.

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Neuroscience of Rule-Guided Behavior brings together, for the first time, the experiments and theories that have created the new science of rules. Rules are central to human behavior, but until now the field of neuroscience lacked a synthetic approach to understanding them. How are ruleslearned, retrieved from memory, maintained in c...

Silvia Bunge and Jonathan Wallis are both Assistant Professors in the Department of Psychology Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California in Berkeley.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:October 8, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contributors. Introduction. Part I: Rule Representation. 1. Michael Petrides: Selection between Competing Responses based on Conditional Rules2. Jonathan D. Wallis: Single Neuron Activity Underlying Behavior-Guiding Rules3. Silvia A Bunge and Michael J. Souza: Brain Mechanisms Involved in Retrieving and Maintaining Task Rules4. Katsuyuki Sakai: Maintenance and Implementation of Task Rules5. Aldo Genovesio and Steven P. Wise: The Neurophysiology of Abstract Response Strategies6. Kamyar Keramatian and Kalina Christoff: Using Complex Systems of Abstract Rules: Executive Control and Automaticity at Highest Orders of AbstractionPart II: Rule Implementation. 7. Matthew F.S. Rushworth, Paula L. Croxson, Mark J. Buckley, and Mark E. Walton: Contrasting Roles of Lateral and Medical Frontal Cortices in Action Selection8. Eiji Hoshi: Differential Involvement of the Prefrontal, Premotor, and Primary Motor Cortices in Rule-Based Motor Behavior9. Marcel Brass, Jan Derrfuss, and D. Yves von Cramon: The Functional Neuroanatomy of Task Rule Implementation10. Gabriele Gratton, Kathy A. Low, and Monica Fabiani: Time Course of Executive Processes: Data from the Event-Related Optical Signal (EROS)Part III: Task-Switching. 11. Glijsbert Stoet and Lawrence H. Synder: Task-Switching in Human and Non-Human Primates: Understanding Rule Encoding and Control from Behavior to Single Neurons12. Hannes Ruge and Todd S. Braver: Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Control in Task-Switching: Rules, Representations, and Preparation13. Angela C. Roberts: The Differential Contribution of the Catecholamines to Rule Learning and Rule Switching14. Roshan Cools: Dopaminergic Modulation of Cognitive Flexibility: The Role of the Basal GangliaPart IV: Building Blocks of Rule Representation. 15. Paul A. Lipton and Howard B. Eichenbaum: Prefrontal-Medial Temporal Lobe Interactions in Memory16. David Badre: Ventrolateral Prefrontal Cortex and Controlling Memory to Inform Action17. David J. Freedman: Neuronal Mechanisms of Visual Categorization18. Earl K. Miller and Timothy J. Buschsman: Rules through Recursion: How Interactions Between the Frontal Cortex and Basal Ganglia may Build Abstract Rules from Concrete Ones19. Phillip D. Zelazo: A Theoretical Account of the Development of Rule Use Over Childhood

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"This exciting book covers an extremely interesting and emerging area of neuroscience. Anyone who wishes to understand the brain and behavior should be familiar with the findings presented here."--Doody's