Cortical remodelling induced by activity of ventral tegmental dopamine neurons

  title={Cortical remodelling induced by activity of ventral tegmental dopamine neurons},
  author={S. Bao and V. Chan and M. Merzenich},
  • S. Bao, V. Chan, M. Merzenich
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Representations of sensory stimuli in the cerebral cortex can undergo progressive remodelling according to the behavioural importance of the stimuli. The cortex receives widespread projections from dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), which are activated by new stimuli or unpredicted rewards, and are believed to provide a reinforcement signal for such learning-related cortical reorganization. In the primary auditory cortex (AI) dopamine release has been observed during auditory… CONTINUE READING
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