Ilya Monosov, PhD
Department of Neuroscience
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Hosted by: Michael Nonet
This event is presented in-person and via Zoom.
Webinar link: https://wustl.zoom.us/j/95150989010
Biological agents display intrinsic motivation to gain information and explore novelty. For example, they explore novel objects regardless of their task relevance, and they are often motivated to gain advance information about the future, even in situations in which this information may not be used to maximize their reward rates. I will discuss our data revealing the neuronal mechanisms that guide these intrinsic motivations and broadly relate these efforts to our broader mission to discover the neural basis of voluntary behavior.