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In Person Seminar: The Meaning of Dopamine

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Henry Yin,. Ph.D.

Henry Yin, Ph.D.

Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University School of Medicine

Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar: The Meaning of Dopamine

Date: April 5, 2024

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

About this Seminar

According to a popular hypothesis, phasic dopamine (DA) activity encodes a reward prediction error (RPE) necessary for reinforcement learning. However, recent work showed that DA neurons are necessary for performance rather than learning. In this talk Dr. Yin will review recent evidence against the RPE hypothesis and consider an alternative model of DA function.

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and co-sponsored by the institute's Center for Neurobiology Research. The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series, which runs annually from September to May, has featured leading biomedical researchers from throughout the country since the program began in 2012. The lectures are also open to all members of the Virginia Tech community including graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.

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