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Hippocampal regulation of goal-directed decision-making

Funding: 2020: $166,806
2021: $171,629
2022: $162,494

Project Member(s): Bradfield, L., Vissel, B.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2020

Summary: Hippocampal regulation of goal-directed decision-making. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that is central to learning and memory yet little is known about its role in decision-making. It is the aim of this application to provide the first detailed, causal evidence of hippocampal regulation of decision-making. This is significant because many mental health disorders and dementias that involve decision-making deficits are characterised by hippocampal dysfunction, but any direct link between these factors is unknown. The outcomes of the current grant will provide the first evidence of that link, thus providing deeper understanding of the neurophysiological mechanisms of these disorders, which could eventuate in the creation of more beneficial treatments.

FOR Codes: Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Mental Health, Nervous System and Disorders, Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology), Central Nervous System, Decision Making