Adaptive Coding

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Science  18 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5712, pp. 1059-1060
DOI: 10.1126/science.1109837

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How does the brain monitor and control goal-directed behavior to obtain a desired response without making errors. In their Perspective, Ridderinkhof and van den Wildenberg discuss two new studies that increase our understanding of how regions, and even single neurons, in the frontal brain are able to implement cognitive control through dynamic adaptation of their firing patterns ( Machens et al.; Brown et al.)