Neuronal Mechanisms of Intelligence
CALIFORNIA UNIV IRVINE DEPT OF PHARMACOLOGY
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The equipment purchased on this grant is being used for on-line experimental control, data collection and data analysis on studies of the adaptive rules used by mammalian brain cells during conditioned behaviors. The research is based on the assumption that human intelligence has evolved from the goal-seeking brain functions of lower forms, and that these functions in turn depend on a capacity for behavior to be strengthened or rewarded by its consequences positive reinforcement. We furthermore assume that positive reinforcement of the intact organism is physiologically mediated at the level of the single neuron, rather than at the level of the multi-neuronal assembly or network.
- Anatomy and Physiology