Principal Investigator: Joshua Gold, Neuroscience @Penn
Title: The role of noise in mental exploration for learning
BRAIN Category: Individuality and Variation
In our unpredictable world, decision-makers face an inherent trade-off: higher certainty leads to more precise and accurate choices when the world is stable but an inability to adjust to change, whereas less certainty can lead to greater adaptability but also more variable and imprecise decisions. The investigators propose that this trade-off is regulated by interactions between arousal and cortical systems.