Our lab studies the brain mechanisms of flexible reinforcement learning and value-based decisions (i.e. decisions involving effort, delay, and risk), with a focus on the contributions of frontal cortex. We also investigate neural and behavioral adaptations following chronic intravenous drug self-administration and voluntary alcohol experience. Another major goal of the lab is to contribute novel paradigms that readily translate across model systems. We use a variety of approaches to study these questions (see Techniques).
Delighted to share the final version of this work by @evan__hart and @GarrettJBlair: ACC discriminates the utility of available choice options with a subpopulation of stable-coding neurons, tracked with miniscopes in freely moving rats @MiniscopeTeam https://t.co/7ATLDeSihy
— Alicia Izquierdo (@A_Izquierdo1) July 15, 2020