A core circuit module for cost/benefit decision

Keiko Hirayama, Marianne Catanho, Jeffrey W. Brown, Rhanor Gillette

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A simple circuit for cost-benefit decision derived from behavioral and neural studies of the predatory sea-slug Pleurobranchaea may closely resemble that upon which the more complex valuation and decision processes of the social vertebrates are built. The neuronal natures of the pathways in the connectionist model comprise classic central pattern generators, bipolar switch mechanisms, and neuromodulatory state regulation. Marked potential exists for exploring more complex neuroeconomic behavior by appending appropriate circuitry in simulo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 123
JournalFrontiers in Neuroscience
Issue numberAUG
StatePublished - 2012


  • Approach/avoidance
  • Central pattern generator
  • Decision making
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Neuronal switch
  • Pleurobranchaea
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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