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Neural Dynamics of Single Units in Rat's Agranular Medial and Agranular Lateral Areas during Learning of a Directional Choice Task

Abstract Learning by trial-and-error requires retrospective information that whether a past action resulted in a rewarded outcome. Previous outcome in turn may provide information to guide future behavioral adjustment. But the specific contribution of this information to learning a task and the neural representations during the trial-and-error learning process is not well understood. In this dissertation, such learning is analyzed by means of single unit neural recordings in the rats' motor agranular medial (AGm) and agranular lateral (AGl) while the rats learned to perform a directional choice task. Multichannel chronic recordings using implanted microelectrodes in the rat's brain were essential to this study. Also for fundamental scientifi... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Yuan, Yuan (Author) / Si, Jennie (Advisor) / Buneo, Christopher (Committee member) / Santello, Marco (Committee member) / Chae, Junseok (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Electrical engineering / Neurosciences
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 103 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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