How do we learn motor behaviors to get rewards? Exploring a role for a small class of striatal interneurons
by NMU 2009 Psychological Science Alum Elizabeth Holly, Ph.D.
now with the Department of Neuroscience Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
The dorsomedial striatum (DMS, rodent equivalent of the caudate) is a key mediator of goal-directed behavior, serving as a critical node integrating sensorimotor, motivational, and cognitive information to drive motor execution. However, the specific neural circuitry involved in the learning and performance of goal-directed behaviors remain poorly understood. In this talk, I will describe how a small class of DMS interneurons (low-threshold spiking interneurons) gate goal-directed learning.
Friday, October 11 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
West Science, 2904
West Science Hall, Elizabeth C Harden Cir Dr, Marquette, MI 49855