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Reward and Reinforcement Collaboratory

Contacts:  Kyle Frantz, PhD, kfrantz@gsu.edu, Ph. 404-651-1487

                    Darryl Neill, PhD, dneill@emory.edu, Ph. 404-727-7445

At A Glance

The Reward and Reinforcement Collaboratory focuses on identifying common brain areas, circuit architecture, and neurochemicals involved in reward mechanisms for various behaviors. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • How concepts of brain reward and reinforcement systems apply to studies of pair bonding, mother-offspring dyads, reproduction, and food intake;
  • Commality vs. specificity of reward and reinforcement circuitry across stimulus modalities;
  • The role of neuroeconomics in determining behavioral output.

Current projects include:

  • Defining molecular mechanisms involved in assigning positive vs. negative valence to environmental stimuli in rat reward and fear models;
  • Comparing nucleus accumbers efferents in processing artificial rewards (drugs or intracranial electrical stimulation) and natural rewards (food) in rat operant models.
 
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