Herbert Jasper Lecture: Brain Processes for Evaluating & Learning from Rewards
The Neuro's Herbert Jasper Lecture was established in 1989. A distinguished figure in neuroscience, Herbert Jasper pioneered the use of electroencephalography (EEG) a technique that he largely introduced to Canada and helped to develop into an essential neuroscience tool. In collaboration with Wilder Penfield, Jasper employed EEG to find the source of seizures in epilepsy and in other brain disorders. Together they wrote scientific papers about the brain's functional anatomy that had widespread influence. Jasper died in 1999.
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Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, United States.
Abstract: The experience of a reward, such as the ingestion of food, is accompanied by dynamic patterns of neuronal activity across many brain regions. For example, reward ingestion is often accompanied by brief increases in spike activity by dopamine neurons, amygdala neurons, and neurons in the basal ganglia. I will discuss studies that illustrate different approaches to understanding the behavioral functions of this reward-elicited activity, with a focus on reward signals that promote reward-seeking behavior.