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Neural mechanisms of reward-guided learning and irrational decision-making

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The ability to take effective decisions is fundamental for successful environmental adaptation and survival. In this thesis, I investigated situations in which decisions appear irrational, at least from certain standpoints. I conducted a behavioural decision-making experiment in two groups of macaques: controls and a group with ventromedial prefrontal cortex/medial orbitofrontal cortex (vmPFC/ mOFC) lesions. Some choices lead to compound outcomes composed of different constituent parts. C...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
MSD
Sub department:
Experimental Psychology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
MSD
Sub department:
Experimental Psychology
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Supervisor
Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
MSD
Sub department:
Experimental Psychology
Role:
Supervisor
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Name:
Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship
Funding agency for:
Walton, M
Grant:
WT090051MA
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Name:
Leventis Foundation
Funding agency for:
Papageorgiou, G
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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