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).
Check out new results from @evan__hart and @GarrettJBlair on ACC! Bidirectional DREADDs and calcium imaging in freely moving rats reveal ACC differentially signals the availability of options, collaboration with Tad Blair https://t.co/vSPzvIthzy
— Alicia Izquierdo (@A_Izquierdo1) October 5, 2019