Operant behavior suggests attentional gating of dopamine system inputs

N. D. Daw and David S. Touretzky
Neurocomputing, Vol. 38, No. 40, 2001, pp. 1161 - 1167.


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Abstract
Neurophysiological recording experiments in the dopamine system by Schultz and colleagues (Science 275 (1997) 1593}1598) suggest that neurons there are involved in learning to predict rewards and assess behaviors using the temporal-di!erence algorithm. One aspect of this theory which is undeveloped and experimentally underconstrained is its assumption of an exhaustive input representing all stimuli and their history over time. We use the algorithm to model operant choice between concurrent variable interval schedules*a key animal conditioning experiment*and show that animals' subtly suboptimal performance resembles the behavior ofthe algorithm with a more limited input representation. This limitation may re#ect the operation of an attentional mechanism gating the inputs to the dopamine system.

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Text Reference
N. D. Daw and David S. Touretzky, "Operant behavior suggests attentional gating of dopamine system inputs," Neurocomputing, Vol. 38, No. 40, 2001, pp. 1161 - 1167.

BibTeX Reference
@article{Touretzky_2001_3410,
   author = "N. D. Daw and David S Touretzky",
   title = "Operant behavior suggests attentional gating of dopamine system inputs",
   journal = "Neurocomputing",
   pages = "1161 - 1167",
   year = "2001",
   volume = "38",
   number = "40",
}