The Neural Bases of Conditioned Punishment and Avoidance

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The development of learned behaviours can be dissociated at the level of stimulus-driven reflexive Pavlovian responses versus goal-directed responses that are under voluntary control. Whilst much work has examined this dissociation for appetitively-motivated behaviours, little work to date has examined this in the context of aversively motivated behaviours. This project will use opto- and chemogenetic techniques to examine the role of fronto-striatal and amygdala contributions to the development of instrumental conditioned punishment and avoidance behaviours, contrasted with the development of Pavlovian conditioned fear responses.

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Supervisory team
Simon
Killcross

Science
Psychology
Gavan
McNally

Science
Psychology
Fred
Westbrook

Science
Psychology
s.killcross@unsw.edu.au

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