Goal-direction and top-down control

Timothy J. Buschman, Earl K. Miller

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

49 Scopus citations

Abstract

We review the neural mechanisms that support top-down control of behaviour and suggest that goal-directed behaviour uses two systems that work in concert. A basal ganglia-centred system quickly learns simple, fixed goal-directed behaviours whileaprefrontal cortex-centred system gradually learns more complex (abstract or long-term) goal-directed behaviours. Interactions between these two systems allow top-down control mechanisms to learn how to direct behaviour towards a goal but also how to guide behaviour when faced with a novel situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume369
Issue number1655
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 5 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

Keywords

  • Basal ganglia
  • Cognition
  • Frontal lobe
  • Goal direction
  • Learning

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Goal-direction and top-down control'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this