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Our environment and internal states are frequently complex, ambiguous and dynamic, meaning we need to have selection mechanisms to ensure we are basing our decisions on currently relevant information. Here, we review evidence that orbitofrontal (OFC) and ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC) play conserved, critical but distinct roles in this process. While OFC may use specific sensory associations to enhance task-relevant information, particularly in the context of learning, VMPFC plays a role in ensuring irrelevant information does not impinge on the decision in hand.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.cobeha.2014.10.005

Type

Journal article

Journal

Curr Opin Behav Sci

Publication Date

01/02/2015

Volume

1

Pages

78 - 85