Amygdala neurons differentially encode motivation and reinforcement.

  title={Amygdala neurons differentially encode motivation and reinforcement.},
  author={Kay M Tye and Patricia H Janak},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  volume={27 15},
Lesion studies demonstrate that the basolateral amygdala complex (BLA) is important for assigning motivational significance to sensory stimuli, but little is known about how this information is encoded. We used in vivo electrophysiology procedures to investigate how the amygdala encodes motivating and reinforcing properties of cues that induce reinstatement of reward-seeking behavior. Two groups of rats were trained to respond to a sucrose reward. The "paired" group was trained with a reward… CONTINUE READING

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