Neural correlates of strategic reasoning during competitive games

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Science  17 Oct 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6207, pp. 340-343
DOI: 10.1126/science.1256254

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Smart monkeys can outwit a computer

What happens in the brain when we are learning to compete against an opponent? Seo et al. observed monkeys competing against a computer that can adapt to the monkey's behavior. The monkeys switched their learning strategies when they worked out that their opponent was reacting to their behavior. The responses of the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex cells in the monkey brains predicted their choices and switches in strategies.

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