A free-choice premium in the basal ganglia

Yael Niv, Angela Langdon, Angela Radulescu

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Apparently, the act of free choice confers value: when selecting between an item that you had previously chosen and an identical item that you had been forced to take, the former is often preferred. What could be the neural underpinnings of this free-choice bias in decision making? An elegant study recently published in Neuron suggests that enhanced reward learning in the basal ganglia may be the culprit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-5
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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