Global Excellence Seminar with Professor Wolfram Schultz

  • 19 January 2018 |
  • Professor Wolfram Schultz |
  • MR Conference Room |
  • Time 09:00 |

Neural signalling of reward and reward-based decisions

Professor Wolfram Schultz is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK.

His group is interested to relate the mechanics of brain activity to measurable behaviour. They combine neurophysiologycal, imaging and behavioural techniques to investige the neural correlates of goal-directed. They are interested in outcome value (in particular reward) signals in specific brain structures such as dopamine neurons, striatum, frontal cortex and amygdala. These rapid, global, evaluative and supervising neural signals may play a role in decision-making and choice behaviour. In investigating these outcome-coding mechanisms, they try to establish a common biological basis for animal learning theory, microeconomic utility and game theories, and behavioural ecology. The larger background is to consider the brain in its capacity for processing reward information as an essential organ for assuring the fitness for survival in an evolutionary framework.

Professor Schultz won the world's largest neuroscience prize, The Brain Prize, for research on the brain's reward system in 2017.

The Global Excellence Seminar will take place in the MR Conference Room on 19 January 2018 at 09:00.