Journal article

The neural encoding of information prediction errors during non-instrumental information seeking

Maja Brydevall, Daniel Bennett, Carsten Murawski, Stefan Bode

Scientific Reports | Nature Publishing Group | Published : 2018


In a dynamic world, accurate beliefs about the environment are vital for survival, and individuals should therefore regularly seek out new information with which to update their beliefs. This aspect of behaviour is not well captured by standard theories of decision making, and the neural mechanisms of information seeking remain unclear. One recent theory posits that valuation of information results from representation of informative stimuli within canonical neural reward-processing circuits, even if that information lacks instrumental use. We investigated this question by recording EEG from twenty-three human participants performing a non-instrumental information-seeking task. In this task, ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Hayley Warren and William Turner for help with data acquisition and feedback on the manuscript. This work was supported by a Faculty of Business and Economics (University of Melbourne) Strategic Initiatives Grant 2011 to S.B. and C.M. and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to S.B. (DE140100350).