Cortical-amygdala circuitry in reward encoding and retrieval

Summary

Date: 
September 25, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 
Northwest Building, Room B103
About the Speaker
Name: 
Kate Wassum
Speaker Title: 
Associate Professor
Speaker Affiliation: 
UCLA

To make adaptive decisions we must cast ourselves into the future and consider the outcomes of our potential choices. This prospective consideration is informed by our memories. I will discuss our lab’s recent work investigating the neural circuits responsible for encoding, updating, and retrieving reward memories for use in the considerations underlying decision making. We have taken a multifaceted approach to these investigations, combining recording, circuit dissection, and behavioral tools. Our results are generally indicating that the orbitofrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala work in a circuit to participate in these functions. The cognitive symptoms underlying many psychiatric disorders result from a failure to appropriately learn about and/or anticipate potential future events, making these basic science data relevant to the understanding and potential treatment of mental illness.