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Team “Motivation, brain and behavior”


Goal directed behavior, social, moral cognition, motivation Main domain: Cognition Mathias Pessiglione, Jean Daunizeau & Sébastien Bouret’s team aims to build a neuro-computational model of how the brain motivates behavior, which would explain irrational behaviors in the normal population, and motivational disorders in pathological conditions. Motivation is conceived as a cost-benefit arbitrage that drives the behavior.

The team combines human brain imaging, clinical neuropsychology, monkey neurophysiology and computational modeling:

– To understand how costs and benefits variables are represented in the brain;
– To explain how choice is arbitrated through cognitive control;
– To investigate how the arbitrage is influenced by emotion and fatigue;
– To specify how it varies with clinical conditions and treatments.

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