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U-turns in the brain

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When making decisions, new information sometimes calls for a change of mind. New results indicate that regions of the prefrontal cortex play distinct roles in evaluating new evidence in light of a previous choice and translating the result of this evaluation process into an explicit report of one’s subjective confidence.

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  1. Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    • Redmond G. O’Connell
  2. Department of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

    • Peter R. Murphy

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