Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/rs-contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
Publication Detail
A temporal difference account of avoidance learning.
Aversive processing plays a central role in human phobic fears and may also be important in some symptoms of psychosis. We developed a temporal-difference model of the conditioned avoidance response, an important experimental model for aversive learning which is also a central pharmacological model of psychosis. In the model, dopamine neurons reported outcomes that were better than the learner expected, typically coming from reaching safety states, and thus controlled the acquisition of a suitable policy. The model accounts for normal conditioned avoidance learning, the persistence of responding in extinction, and critical effects of dopamine blockade, notably that subjects experiencing shocks under dopamine blockade, and hence failing to avoid them, nevertheless develop avoidance responses when both shocks and dopamine blockade are subsequently removed. These postulated roles of dopamine in aversive learning can thus account for many of the effects of dopaminergic modulation seen in laboratory models of psychopathological processes.
Publication data is maintained in RPS. Visit https://rps.ucl.ac.uk
 More search options
UCL Researchers
Gatsby Computational Neurosci Unit
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by