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Unraveling striatal circuitry for reward learning and decision making

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Ilana Witten; hosted by Lindsey Glickfeld
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Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series

Ilana Witten, assistant professor of psychology at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute investigates the function of cell types within corticostriatal circuits in behaviors that involve learning and working memory. She is particularly interested in the role of dynamics within defined cell types: if and when does the temporal pattern of activity within neurons affect their function? By integrating a wide range of technical approaches - rodent behavior, cellular-resolution imaging from defined cell-types, optogenetics for cell-type specific manipulation, in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, and computational analyses - her lab is providing new insights in how genetically and anatomically-defined cell-types mediate learning and decision making.