Short-latency activation of striatal spiny neurons via subcortical visual pathways.

@article{Schulz2009ShortlatencyAO,
  title={Short-latency activation of striatal spiny neurons via subcortical visual pathways.},
  author={Jan Mirco Schulz and Peter Redgrave and Carsten Mehring and Ad Aertsen and Koreen M Clements and Jeffery R. Wickens and John N. J. Reynolds},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={29 19},
  pages={6336-47}
}
The striatum is a site of integration of neural pathways involved in reinforcement learning. Traditionally, inputs from cerebral cortex are thought to be reinforced by dopaminergic afferents signaling the occurrence of biologically salient sensory events. Here, we detail an alternative route for short-latency sensory-evoked input to the striatum requiring neither dopamine nor the cortex. Using intracellular recording techniques, we measured subthreshold inputs to spiny projection neurons (SPNs… CONTINUE READING

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