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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 will combine human 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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