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Elliot S. Valenstein Distinguished Lecture: Reward evaluation by subcortical brain circuits

Dr. Patricia Janak, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
10th Floor Weiser Hall Map
Talk summary: The experience of a reward, such as the ingestion of food, is accompanied by dynamic patterns of neuronal activity across many brain regions. For example, reward ingestion is often accompanied by brief increases in spike activity by dopamine neurons, amygdala neurons, and neurons in the basal ganglia. I will discuss studies that illustrate different approaches to understanding the behavioral functions of this reward-elicited activity, with a focus on reward signals that promote reward-seeking behavior.

This event is in memory of Elliot S. Valenstein (1923-2023), Professor Emeritus of Psychology, whose irreplaceable contributions to the Department of Psychology include 24 years of teaching and mentoring and over a decade of service as Biopsychology area chair. Professor Emeritus Valenstein's memorial can be viewed via the link below.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: colloquium, Psychology Departmental
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Psychology, Biopsychology