Michael J. Frank, Ph.D.
Michael J. Frank, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Program in Neuroscience, Cognition, and Neural Systems at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying learning, decision making, and working memory. He has also developed neural network software for this purpose. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Go” and “NoGo”Learning and the Basal Ganglia
Many human behaviors are, in essence, reflexes programmed into our brains when we are rewarded or punished for taking a particular action. New research is showing how the basal ganglia, deep inside the brain below the cortex, are important in learning from feedback, in the formation of good and bad habits, and even in brain disorders as diverse as Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, and addiction.