A habenula-insular circuit encodes the willingness to act

Nima Khalighinejad, Neil Garrett, Luke Priestley, Patricia Lockwood & Matthew FS Rushworth
The decision that it is worth doing something rather than nothing is a core yet understudied feature of voluntary behaviour. Here we study “willingness to act”, the probability of making a response given the context. Human volunteers encountered opportunities to make effortful actions in order to receive rewards, while watching a movie inside a 7T MRI scanner. Reward and other context features determined willingness- to-act. Activity in the habenula tracked trial-by-trial variation in participants’ willingness-to-act....
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