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The amygdala accountant: new tricks for an old structure

What drives us to pursue distant, more valuable goals over more proximate, lesser ones? Counter to what you might expect, this type of advanced goal-directed planning and foresight in primates may involve the amygdala. In a reward savings task, neurons in the amygdala track the length and subjective value of internally generated plans.

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Figure 1: Neurons in the monkey amygdala track internally generated investment plans.

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Mosher, C., Rudebeck, P. The amygdala accountant: new tricks for an old structure. Nat Neurosci 18, 324–325 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.3949

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