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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Neurophysiological Correlates of Reward Learning

Neurophysiological Correlates of Reward Learning

(p.316) Chapter 17 Neurophysiological Correlates of Reward Learning
Primate Neuroethology

Wolfram Schultz

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the neural mechanisms underlying reward learning in primates. It argues that structures involved in learning and reward, particularly midbrain dopamine neurons, appear to calculate the difference between expected and received rewards. This prediction error signal appears to be fundamental to learning and decision making in primates and other mammals.

Keywords:   neural mechanisms, reward learning, primates, dopamine neurons

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