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DECISION-MAKING & MOVEMENT

A new spin on fidgets

We express decisions through movements, but not all movements matter to the outcome. For example, fidgeting is a common yet ‘nonessential’ behavior we exhibit. New evidence suggests that this non-task-related movement profoundly shapes neural activity in expert mice performing tasks.

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Fig. 1: Movement signals dominate neural activity across the brain.

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Mathis, M.W. A new spin on fidgets. Nat Neurosci 22, 1614–1616 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-019-0504-2

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