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[0] Lavin A, Nogueira L, Lapish CC, Wightman RM, Phillips PE, Seamans JK, Mesocortical dopamine neurons operate in distinct temporal domains using multimodal signaling.J Neurosci 25:20, 5013-23 (2005 May 18)[1] Pirot S, Godbout R, Mantz J, Tassin JP, Glowinski J, Thierry AM, Inhibitory effects of ventral tegmental area stimulation on the activity of prefrontal cortical neurons: evidence for the involvement of both dopaminergic and GABAergic components.Neuroscience 49:4, 857-65 (1992 Aug)

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ref: OReilly-2006.02 tags: computational model prefrontal_cortex basal_ganglia date: 12-07-2011 04:11 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

PMID-16378516[0] Making Working Memory Work: A Computational Model of Learning in the Prefrontal Cortex and Basal Ganglia

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[0] O'Reilly RC, Frank MJ, Making working memory work: a computational model of learning in the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia.Neural Comput 18:2, 283-328 (2006 Feb)

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ref: Fletcher-2005.07 tags: explicit implicit learning fMRI frontal_cortex MT date: 12-07-2011 03:58 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

PMID-15537672[0] On the Benefits of not Trying: Brain Activity and Connectivity Reflecting the Interactions of Explicit and Implicit Sequence Learning

quote: √ľnder certain curcumstances, automatic learning may be attenuated by explicit memory processes" : expicit attemps to learn a difficult sequence (compared to a control) produces a failure in implicit learning, and this failure is caused by the supression of learning rather than the expression. There is a deleterious effect of explicit search on implicit learning.

  • implicit learning is hampered by explicit search.
  • Compare this to the known benefits of coginive effort on motor learning ... (?)

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[0] Fletcher PC, Zafiris O, Frith CD, Honey RA, Corlett PR, Zilles K, Fink GR, On the benefits of not trying: brain activity and connectivity reflecting the interactions of explicit and implicit sequence learning.Cereb Cortex 15:7, 1002-15 (2005 Jul)

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ref: Lavin-2005.05 tags: dopamine PFC VTA prefrontal_cortex ventral_tegmentum 2005 date: 02-05-2007 20:37 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

PMID-15901782[0]Mesocortical Dopamine Neurons Operate in Distinct Temporal Domains Using Multimodal Signaling

  • good paper, decent review of relevant infos in the introduction.
  • they suggest that the mesocortical system transmits fast signals about reward/salience via corelease of glutamate, whereas dopamine provides a more long-term modulator of cortical processing dynamics.
  • the ventral tegmental area provides dopamine to the prefrontal cortex.
  • DA levels in the PFC can increase ~10x above baseline for 10's of minutes.
    • these responses occur to both to unexpectedly rewarding stimuli as well as to aversive stimuli.
  • brief VTA stimulation invokes a short, transient (~200ms) inhibition of PFC in vivo, and this inhibition is typically blocked by DA antagonists. from: PMID-1436485[1]
    • transient inhibition begins ~20ms after VTA stimulation, which is barely enough time for activation of ionotropic receptors, let alone metabotropic DA receptors.
  • MFB stimulation evoked increased DA levels and an elevation in firing of nearby striatal neurons that outlasted the period of stimulation by > 300s.
  • strangely, the excitatory glutamergic response in the PFC to VTA stimulation is blocked by lesion of the MFB.
  • in suppport of co-release, TH-positive neurons in rats and primates are co-reactive for glutamate.
    • DA neurons can form glutamate synapses in vitro.
  • check it out:
    • midbrain DA neurons respond by firing a ~200ms burst of spikes to primary rewards, conditioned, or secondary rewards, rewards that are not predicted, and novel or unexpected stimuli.
    • DA neurons are activated by rewarding events that are better than predicted, remain unaffected by events that are as good as predicted, and are depressed by events that are worse than predicted (yet they do not cite any refs for this... there are a bunch of refs in the prev sentence. ) see:
    • stress can also increase PFC DA

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