Parallel and interactive learning processes within the basal ganglia: relevance for the understanding of addiction.

@article{Belin2009ParallelAI,
  title={Parallel and interactive learning processes within the basal ganglia: relevance for the understanding of addiction.},
  author={David Belin and Sietse Jonkman and Anthony Dickinson and Trevor W. Robbins and Barry J. Everitt},
  journal={Behavioural brain research},
  year={2009},
  volume={199 1},
  pages={89-102}
}
In this review we discuss the evidence that drug addiction, defined as a maladaptive compulsive habit, results from the progressive subversion by addictive drugs of striatum-dependent operant and Pavlovian learning mechanisms that are usually involved in the control over behaviour by stimuli associated with natural reinforcement. Although mainly organized through segregated parallel cortico-striato-pallido-thalamo-cortical loops involved in motor or emotional functions, the basal ganglia, and… CONTINUE READING
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