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Neuroscience Seminar Series: "Neural circuit mechanisms of value-based decision-making"

When: Friday, May 17, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Ward Building, 5-230, 303 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Emily Larsen   (312) 503-1687

Group: Department of Neuroscience Seminars

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Christine Constantinople, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Neural Science

New York University



The value of the environment determines animals’ motivational states and sets expectations for error-based learning. But how are values computed? We developed a novel temporal wagering task with latent structure, and used high-throughput behavioral training to obtain well-powered behavioral datasets from hundreds of rats that learned the structure of the task. We found that rats use distinct value computations for sequential decisions within single trials. Moreover, these sequential decisions are supported by different brain regions, suggesting that distinct neural circuits support specific types of value computations. I will discuss our ongoing efforts to delineate how distributed circuits in the orbitofrontal cortex and striatum coordinate complex value-based decisions. 

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