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The push and pull of dopamine in cue-reward learning

Authors
  • Ostlund, Sean B.1
  • 1 University of California, Irvine, 837 Health Science Road, 3111GNRF, Irvine, CA, 92697, USA , Irvine (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Learning & Behavior
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Feb 08, 2019
Volume
47
Issue
4
Pages
273–274
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/s13420-018-0370-x
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

A recent study by Saunders, Richard, Margolis, and Janak (2018) shows that there is a great deal left to learn about what different mesotelencephalic dopamine circuits contribute to learning about the motivational significance of reward-related cues. Their findings suggest that nigrostriatal and mesolimbic dopamine pathways support distinct reinforcement processes that independently push and pull animals toward their goals.

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