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PMID-9658025[0] Predictive reward signal of dopamine neurons.

  • hot article.
  • reasons why midbrain Da is involved in reward: lesions, receptor blocking, electrical self-stimulation, and drugs of abuse.
  • DA neurons show phasic response to both primary reward and reward-predicting stimul.
  • 'All responses to rewards and reward-predicting stimuli depend on event predictability.
  • Just think of the MFB work with the rats... and how powerful it is.
  • most deficits following dopamine-depleting lesions are not easily explained by a defective reward signal (e.g. parkinsons, huntingtons) -> implying that DA has two uses: the labeling of reward, that the tonic enabling of postsynaptic neurons.
    • I just anticipated this, which is good :)
    • It is still a mystery how the neurons in the midbrain determine to fire - the pathways between reward and behavior must be very carefully segregated, otherwise we would be able to self-simulate
      • the pure expectation part of it is bound play a part in this - if we know that a certain event will be rewarding, then the expectation will diminish DA release.
  • predictive eye movements amerliorate behavioral perfromance through advance focusing. (interesting)
  • predictions are used in industry:
    • Internal Model Control is used in industry to predict future system states before they actually occur. for example, the fly-by-wire technique in aviation makes decisions to do particular manuvers based on predictable forthcoming states of the plane. (Like a human)
  • if you learn a reaction/reflex based on a conditioned stimulus, the presentation of that stimulus sets the internal state to that motivated to achieve the primary reward. there is a transfer back in time, which, generally, is what neural systems are for.
  • animals avoid foods that fail to influence important plasma/brain parameters, for example foods lacking essential amino acids like histidine, threonine, or methionine. In the case of food, the appearance/structure would be used to predict the slower plasma effects, and hence influence motivation to eat it. (of course!)
  • midbrain groups:
    • A8 = dorsal to lateral substantia nigra
    • A9 = pars compacta of substantia nigra, SNc
    • A10 = VTA, media to substantia nigra.
  • The characteristic polyphasic, relatively long impulses discharged at low frequencies make dpamine neurons easily distinguishable from other midbrain neurons.


[0] Schultz W, Predictive reward signal of dopamine neurons.J Neurophysiol 80:1, 1-27 (1998 Jul)