20 Jan 2021

Environment-based object values learned by local network in the striatum tail

Value and reward are known to be encoded in the part of the brain called the basal ganglia. Research has identified the specific neuronal circuits underlying environment-based value learning.

Obtaining valuables is one of the most important actions for the survival of animals, including humans. And even if they are the same, their value to animals changes depending on the environment and circumstances in which they are placed. Animals make good judgments about their value based on experience and learning. So what is the mechanism by which we learn the value of things?

Published in PNAS January 26, 2021 118 (4) e2013623118

Tsukuba Journal - University of Tsukuba

Research Outline (PDF In Japanese language)