AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 3, 2018

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Researchers Uncover Hidden Brain States That Regulate Performance and Decision Making

Brain activity is driven by encounters with external stimuli and situations, simultaneously occurring with internal mental processes. A team of researchers from Stanford University, with funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative, in part through the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), has discovered how the brain dynamically handles cognitive tasks while it also is engaged in internal mental processes.

“This study is an example of the importance of computational models in driving research and facilitating our understanding of the human brain,” said Grace Peng, director of the NIBIB program in Computational Modeling, Simulation and Analysis. “The team developed a computational model to make fundamental findings that have never before been revealed about how our brain processes information at various levels during daily decision making.”

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