Rony Paz

Neuroscience Symposium
Keysers Group

The Neuroscience Symposia are organized weekly by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. The presentations are given by researchers from the institute or by guest speakers. The title and content of the symposium is usually made known in the week prior to the presentation.

Colloquium room – Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Guest speaker Christian Keysers

12:30 pm – From emotional learning to psychopathologies in primate networks
1:15 pm – Discussion

I will describe few behavioral models of learning and memory in emotional situations and how they might lead to pathological behaviors that underlie anxiety-disorders as well as PTSD. I will show findings about the neural representation of these processes, both in humans using imaging (fMRI), and in animal models using electrophysiological recordings from single-neurons. The evidence suggests that mild imbalance in neural circuits that connect the amygdala and the cingulate-cortex play a major role in emotional learning and memory formation, and in the transition from adaptive normal function to psychiatric conditions. Finally, if time permits, I will describe a new study that connects neural representations of valence with representations of eye-gaze in the primate amygdala, and discuss the implications of these findings to the ‘social brain hypothesis’ and potentially to autism.