First International School On Mind, Brain And Education

2005 July 16-20

Summer Institute on
Mind, Brain and Education

Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani

Abstract: Manfred Spitzer
Ärztlicher Direktor, Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie GERMANY

Dopamine, novelty seeking, reward and learning
The function of the dopamine system has long been thought to regard pleasure, addiction, and reward. Only recently, its functions in respect to evaluation, intention, motivation, and learning have been studied in animal models as well as in human beings. In this presentation, I will review the major findings from the literature (including our own work) and discuss possible applications for learning in the real world.