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How the office org chart in your brain helps to organize your actions

Salk researchers have resolved a long-standing scientific debate
about how behavior is organized in the brain. Associate Professor
Xin Jin and first author Claire Geddes, a UC San Diego graduate
student, discovered that learned behavior is organized in a hierarchy
with multiple levels of control, offering possible new therapeutic
targets for disorders that involve an inability to control one’s actions.
The study used mice trained to carry out a series of lever presses
in a specific order, left-left-right-right, to make the discovery.

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