How the Basal Ganglia Use Parallel Excitatory and Inhibitory Learning Pathways to Selectively Respond to Unexpected Rewarding Cues

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Joshua en_US
dc.contributor.author Bullock, Daniel en_US
dc.contributor.author Grossberg, Stephen en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-14T19:00:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-14T19:00:12Z
dc.date.issued 1999-04 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/2228
dc.description.abstract After classically conditioned learning, dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) respond immediately to unexpected conditioned stimuli (CS) but omit formerly seen responses to expected unconditioned stimuli, notably rewards, These cells play an important role in reinforcement learning. A neural model explains the key neurophysiological properties of these cells before, during, and after conditioning, as well as related anatomical and neurophysiological data about the pedunculo-pontine tegmental nucleus (PPTN), lateral hypothalamus, ventral striatum, and striosomes. The model proposes how two parallel learning pathways from limbic cortex to the SNc, one devoted to excitatory conditioning (through the ventral striatum, ventral pallidum, and PPTN) and the other to adaptively timed inhibitory conditioning (through the striosomes), control SNc responses. The excitatory pathway generates CS-induced excitatory SNc dopamine bursts. The inhibitory pathway prevents dopamine bursts in response to predictable reward-related signals. When expected rewards are not received, striosomal inhibition of SNc that is unopposed by excitation results in a phasic drop in dopamine cell activity. The adaptively timed inhibitory learning uses an intracellular spectrum of timed responses that is proposed to be similar to adaptively timed cellular mechanisms in the hippocampus and the cerebellum. These mechanisms are proposed to include metabotropic glutamate receptor-mediated Ca^2+ spikes that occur with different delays in striosomal cells. A dopaminergic burst in concert with a Ca^2+ spike is proposed to potentiate inhibitory learning. The model provides a biologically predictive alternative to temporal difference (TD) conditioning models and explains substantially more data than alternative models. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research (N00014-95-1-0409); Office of Naval Research (N00014-92-J-1309, N00014-95-I-0657); National Science Foundation (IRI-97-20333) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Boston University Center for Adaptive Systems and Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BU CAS/CNS Technical Reports;CAS/CNS-TR-1999-011 en_US
dc.rights Copyright 1999 Boston University. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that: 1. The copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage; 2. the report title, author, document number, and release date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of BOSTON UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires a fee and / or special permission. en_US
dc.title How the Basal Ganglia Use Parallel Excitatory and Inhibitory Learning Pathways to Selectively Respond to Unexpected Rewarding Cues en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US
dc.rights.holder Boston University Trustees en_US

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