Journal article

Differentiable contributions of human amygdalar subregions in the computations underlying reward and avoidance learning

Charlotte Prevost, Jonathan A McCabe, Ryan K Jessup, Peter Bossaerts, John P O'Doherty

European Journal of Neuroscience | WILEY | Published : 2011


To understand how the human amygdala contributes to associative learning, it is necessary to differentiate the contributions of its subregions. However, major limitations in the techniques used for the acquisition and analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data have hitherto precluded segregation of function with the amygdala in humans. Here, we used high-resolution fMRI in combination with a region-of-interest-based normalization method to differentiate functionally the contributions of distinct subregions within the human amygdala during two different types of instrumental conditioning: reward and avoidance learning. Through the application of a computational-model-based ..

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