Neural and behavioural mechanisms underlying associative learning.


My current interests are concerned with the processes that underlie Pavlovian conditioning, in particular the extinction and inhibition of responding. This topic is investigated with behavioural experiments in rats as well as neurophysiological experiments using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in humans.


Professor Justin Harris

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School of Psychology

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Learning about relations among events is crucial for the survival of any complex organism, allowing it to use the past to predict the future and adjust its behaviour accordingly. Pavlovian conditioning is an attempt to bring such relations into the laboratory in order to isolate those that produce learning, describe its contents, and specify its influences on behaviour. I am interested in understanding the content of such simple learning - how the events are represented and what is learned about the relationships between those events. I study these questions using a simple behavioural paradigm with rats. I also use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in humans to investigate conditioned excitation and inhibition within the motor system.

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Pavlovian Conditioning Associative Learning Somatosensory System Cross-modal perception TMS

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 559