Scientific article

A shared brain system forming confidence judgment across cognitive domains

Published inCerebral cortex, bhac146
Publication date2022-05-12
First online date2022-05-12


Confidence is typically defined as a subjective judgment about whether a decision is right. Decisions are based on sources of information that come from various cognitive domains and are processed in different brain systems. An unsettled question is whether the brain computes confidence in a similar manner whatever the domain or in a manner that would be idiosyncratic to each domain. To address this issue, human participants performed two tasks probing confidence in decisions made about the same material (history and geography statements), but based on different cognitive processes: semantic memory for deciding whether the statement was true or false, and duration perception for deciding whether the statement display was long or short. At the behavioral level, we found that the same factors (difficulty, accuracy, response time, and confidence in the preceding decision) predicted confidence judgments in both tasks. At the neural level, we observed using functional magnetic resonance imaging that confidence judgments in both tasks were associated to activity in the same brain regions: positively in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and negatively in a prefronto-parietal network. Together, these findings suggest the existence of a shared brain system that generates confidence judgments in a similar manner across cognitive domains.

  • Confidence
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Metacognition
  • Semantic memory
  • Time perception
Citation (ISO format)
ROUAULT, Marion, LEBRETON, Mael, PESSIGLIONE, Mathias. A shared brain system forming confidence judgment across cognitive domains. In: Cerebral cortex, 2022, p. bhac146. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhac146
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ISSN of the journal1047-3211

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