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Role of temporal parameters and prediction error on triggering plasticity in amygdala nuclei and reconsolidation in an appetitive conditioning

Grant number: 14/22178-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 29, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Experimental Psychology
Principal Investigator:Jose Lino Oliveira Bueno
Grantee:Tatiane Ferreira Tavares
Supervisor: Valérie Doyère
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Paris-Sud (Paris 11), France  
Associated to the scholarship:12/01461-9 - Reinforcement omission effects in rats with lesions of the substantia nigra pars compacta and ventral tegmental area, BP.PD


It has been suggested that the temporal component of the learning experience might be a fundamental component for learning an association. This important role of time in associative learning was incorporated in temporal difference learning models and is the foundation of the prediction error detection studies. Depending on the nature of the predicted outcome, prediction errors can concern a large range of elements (reinforcement omission, CS omission or changes in the temporal relationship between CS and US). Studies have shown that the amygdala is involved in these processes, and that prediction error detection is a fundamental mechanism in triggering reconsolidation of Pavlovian memories in the amygdala. Thus, studies have shown a critical role of the amygdala in many aspects of learning processing including its temporal characteristics. However, whereas the role of amygdala in reconsolidation has been well established in aversive situations (e.g. fear conditioning), there are few studies in appetitive operant conditioning, and none with regard to the role of temporal parameters in an appetitive setting. This study will use the ROE paradigm to analyze how an unexpected change in the temporal parameters of the association interferes with behavior in an appetitive operant paradigm, thus setting a paradigm for a behavioral correlate of temporal prediction error detection (Experiment 1). Experiment 2 will then assess whether infusion of a protein synthesis inhibitor in BLA immediately after reactivation interferes with the reconsolidation triggered by a temporal prediction error. (AU)

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DALLERAC, GLENN; GRAUPNER, MICHAEL; KNIPPENBERG, JEROEN; RUIZ MARTINEZ, RAQUEL CHACON; TAVARES, TATIANE FERREIRA; TALLOT, LUCILLE; EL MASSIOUI, NICOLE; VERSCHUEREN, ANNA; HOHN, SOPHIE; BERTOLUS, JULIE BOULANGER; et al. Updating temporal expectancy of an aversive event engages striatal plasticity under amygdala control. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, v. 8, . (12/06825-9, 14/22178-9, 11/08575-7)

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