Dr. Sameer Sheth is the primary author* of a paper recently presented to his neurosurgery colleagues on how the brain processes decision making.
The paper, Functional subpopulations of neurons within the human dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, was presented at the recent 82nd annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
“We recorded the firing patterns of individual neurons in the cingulate gyrus of patients during a neurosurgical procedure,” said Dr. Sheth. “This part of the brain is very important for our ability to make fast, accurate decisions. We found that these neurons ‘encode’ different aspects of the decision making process. A particularly novel finding was that one group of neurons encodes how much ‘conflict’ or difficulty is present in the decision. These findings should deepen our understanding of how the brain evaluates situations and arrives at optimal decisions so efficiently.”
This paper is currently being prepared for publication.
Dr. Sheth is part of the Epilepsy Center and Movement Disorders Center at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of Epilepsy, Brain Tumors, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Brain Trauma. You can learn more about Dr. Sheth on his bio page here.
*Authors include: Sameer A. Sheth, MD, PhD; Emad Eskandar, MD; Guillermo Horga, PhD
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