Emotion and Reward

7 March 2012


Understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of emotional and motivational processes

One of the main line of research developed within the INT is dedicated to a better understanding of neurobiological basis of emotional and motivational processes. We use a translational approach starting from the rat to the human subject, via the monkey. Our studies target various scales such as small networks (unitary electrophysiological recordings in the cortex or the basal ganglia in behaving animals) or large networks (MRI, TMS).

Impairments of emotional and motivational processes: new therapeutic perspectives

In strong connection with clinicians, our functional studies assess emotion and motivation in their normal and pathological states. Dysfunction of these processes leads to study impulse control disorders (ICD) (including ADHD, addiction, ICD in Parkinson’s Disease for example), post-traumatic stress disorders and in neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders characterized by impairments in affective and cognitive abilities such as autism spectrum disorders, Williams syndrome, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia with the aim to develop new therapeutic perspectives.

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