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Rewards Modulate Dendritic Activity In Somatosensory Cortex

Cells in the somatosensory cortex also play a key role in reward learning, the sophisticated type of learning that allows the brain to associate an action with a pleasurable outcome, Columbia neuroscientists have found. The new study, involving mice, demonstrated that a simple brain region, known for processing basic sensory information, can also guide complex […]

Aversion-Reward Response In The Bed Nucleus Of Stria Terminalis

Connections between neurons in brain systems associated with reward, stress, and emotion have been identified in a new study. Conducted in mice, the study may help untangle multiple psychiatric conditions, including alcohol use disorder, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and depression in humans. “Understanding these intricate brain systems will be critical for developing diagnostic and therapeutic tools […]

Mesolimbic Reward Pathway Impaired In Children With Autism

Structural and functional abnormalities in the brain circuit that normally makes social interaction feel rewarding are present in children with autism, a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine indicates. The research documented deficits in children with autism in a crucial reward circuit, called the mesolimbic reward pathway, that’s buried deep within the […]

Striosomal Neurons Play Role In Reward Prediction

The latest optical neural imaging technology has isolated and recorded the activity of the neurons in the striosome. The findings shed light on the role of striosomal neurons in reinforcement learning, researchers from the Neural Computation Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) report. Learning by trial-and-error, which can yield […]