A Social Reinforcement Learning Hypothesis of Mutual Reward Preferences in Rats

Julen Hernandez-Lallement, Marijn van Wingerden, Sandra Schäble, Tobias Kalenscher

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Abstract

Although the use of neuroimaging techniques has revealed much about the neural correlates of social decision making (SDM) in humans, it remains poorly understood how social stimuli are represented, and how social decisions are implemented at the neural level in humans and in other species. To address this issue, the establishment of novel animal paradigms allowing a broad spectrum of neurobiological causal manipulations and neurophysiological recordings provides an exciting tool to investigate the neural implementation of social valuation in the brain. Here, we discuss the potential of a rodent model, Rattus norvegicus, for the understanding of SDM and its neural underpinnings. Particularly, we consider recent data collected in a rodent prosocial choice task within a social reinforcement framework and discuss factors that could drive SDM in rodents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-176
Number of pages18
JournalCurrent topics in behavioral neurosciences
Volume30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Amygdala/physiology
  • Animals
  • Choice Behavior/physiology
  • Humans
  • Rats
  • Reinforcement, Social
  • Reward

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Hernandez-Lallement, Julen ; van Wingerden, Marijn ; Schäble, Sandra ; Kalenscher, Tobias. / A Social Reinforcement Learning Hypothesis of Mutual Reward Preferences in Rats. In: Current topics in behavioral neurosciences. 2017 ; Vol. 30. pp. 159-176.
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A Social Reinforcement Learning Hypothesis of Mutual Reward Preferences in Rats. / Hernandez-Lallement, Julen; van Wingerden, Marijn; Schäble, Sandra; Kalenscher, Tobias.

In: Current topics in behavioral neurosciences, Vol. 30, 2017, p. 159-176.

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