Neural basis of working memory and reinforcement learning (PhD)

My research focuses on understanding how we learn temporally integrated behaviours such as language, attention, motor control, and planning. It is thought that modulatory effects of the neurotransmitter Dopamine are critical to understanding how these goal-directed behaviours are learned. My PhD involves investigating the biophysical effects of Dopamine, and determining how these effects shape behaviour in physiological and pathological states such as Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.

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