Probability Discounting: Choosing a Reward

Hey Everyone!

I hope your summer is going well.  A couple updates on how my research is progressing:

As of now no reliable data has been collected.  We are in the process of training albino rats for the probability-discounting task.  We need to find a decision-making baseline and confirm the rats understand the task before we can move forward.  Hopefully this will be accomplished within the next few weeks.

In the meantime I have been working closely with Emily Masi on her research with the role of orexin projections to the basal forebrain in attention.  Her project focuses on the use of immunotoxins, sham lesions, and selective destruction of cholinergic neurons to further understand the neural pathways involved with attention.

 

You can check Emily’s blogs here:

http://ccsummerresearch.blogs.wm.edu/2014/04/30/lesioning-thalamic-reticular-cholinergic-neurons/

http://ccsummerresearch.blogs.wm.edu/2014/06/01/unilateral-lesioning-of-brain-tissues/

http://ccsummerresearch.blogs.wm.edu/2014/06/09/parvalbumin-immunostaining/

 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for results to come!