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FREE the MIND: the neurocognitive determinants of intentional decision

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Project "FREEMIND" data sheet

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address: NEWPORT ROAD 30-36
postcode: CF24 ODE

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙487˙908 €
 EC max contribution 1˙487˙908 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-03-01   to  2022-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY UK (CARDIFF) coordinator 1˙487˙908.00


 Project objective

Acting based on intention is a fundamental ability to our lives. Apple or orange, cash or card: we constantly make intentional decisions to fulfil our desires, even when the options have no explicit difference in their rewards. Recently, I and others have offered the first evidence to support that intentional decision and externally guided decision share similar computational principles. However, how the brain implements these principles for intentional decision remains unknown.

This project aims to establish a multilevel understanding of intentional decision, spanning from neurons to brain networks to behaviour, through a powerful combination of novel paradigms, cutting-edge brain imaging, and innovative methods. Central to my approach is formal computational modelling, allowing me to establish a quantitative link between data and theory at multiple levels of abstraction. Subproject 1 will ask which brain regions encode intentional information, when intentional processes occur, and how neurochemical concentration influences intentional decision. Subproject 2 will focus on theoretically predicted changes in intentional decision under behavioural and neural interventions. I will use brain imaging and brain stimulation to test the flexibility of intentional decision within individuals. Subproject 3 will launch the largest study to date on intentional decision. I will characterize individual differences in intentional decision from 2,000 representative samples. I will then investigate, with high statistical power, the contributions of neurochemistry and brain microstructure to individual differences in intentional decision. This project premises to establish the first neurobiological theory of intentional behaviour, and provide mechanistic understanding of its changes within and between individuals. The new theory and innovative methodology will open further research possibilities to explore intentional deficits in diseases, and the neural basis of human volition.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Maciej J. Szul, Aline Bompas, Petroc Sumner, Jiaxiang Zhang
The validity and consistency of continuous joystick response in perceptual decision-making
published pages: , ISSN: 1554-3528, DOI: 10.3758/s13428-019-01269-3
Behavior Research Methods 2019-10-29
2019 Esin Karahan, Alison G. Costigan, Kim S. Graham, Andrew D. Lawrence, Jiaxiang Zhang
Cognitive and White-Matter Compartment Models Reveal Selective Relations between Corticospinal Tract Microstructure and Simple Reaction Time
published pages: 5910-5921, ISSN: 0270-6474, DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.2954-18.2019
The Journal of Neuroscience 39/30 2019-10-29
2018 Ke Jia, Xin Xue, Jong-Hwan Lee, Fang Fang, Jiaxiang Zhang, Sheng Li
Visual perceptual learning modulates decision network in the human brain: The evidence from psychophysics, modeling, and functional magnetic resonance imaging
published pages: 9, ISSN: 1534-7362, DOI: 10.1167/18.12.9
Journal of Vision 18/12 2019-10-29
2018 Noham Wolpe, Jiaxiang Zhang, Cristina Nombela, James N. Ingram, Daniel M. Wolpert, James B. Rowe
Sensory attenuation in Parkinson’s disease is related to disease severity and dopamine dose
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-33678-3
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-10-29
2018 H. N. Phillips, T. E. Cope, L. E. Hughes, J. Zhang, J. B. Rowe
Monitoring the past and choosing the future: the prefrontal cortical influences on voluntary action
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-25127-y
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-06-13

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