“How green is the grass on the other side?” HIGHLIGHTS FROM Dr. RUSHWORTH PLENARY LECTURE (OXFORD, UK)
After two years of intense preparation and the usual last-minute changes, the long-awaited FENS Forum was finally held at the CCIB in Barcelona last week. It was a real success in terms of attendance and engagement in the scientific and social events throughout the Forum. From SENC, we would like to thank the FENS Organization Committee and especially the invited speakers and participants. It would be our deepest pleasure to meet you all again in the next FENS Forum (Milan 2014).
In this post, we would like to give you a flavour of the first plenary lecture presented by Dr. Matthew Rushworth, principal investigator at the Decision and Action laboratory in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (rushworth.psy.ox.ac.uk/). His talk was introduced by Sten Grillner (President of FENS) and focused on the reward-guided decision-making and learning mechanisms in the frontal lobe. More specifically, he gave a thoughtful insight into the functional role of different reward-related frontal brain regions including the FPC (Frontopolar Cortex), vmPFC (ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex), the mOFC (medial Orbital Frontal Cortex), the lOFC (lateral Orbital Frontal Cortex), the aPFC (anterior part of the prefrontal cortex) and the ACC (Anterior Cingulate Cortex). … Continue ReadingNoelia Martínez Molina Estudiante predoctoral en la Universidad de Barcelona Brain Cognition and Plasticity Group