Department of Experimental Psychology
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Decision Making and Motor Control in adaptive behaviour
I am interested in understanding information processing in the prefrontal cortex, the premotor cortex, and the striatum in the context of choosing actions to obtain reward and how the midbrain dopaminergic system influences signal integration in the striatum.
My projects include three lines of investigation:
- Action selection and motor control
- Reward-guided choice behaviour in an ambiguous environment (social or economic)
- Learning processes associated with changes in action-outcome contingencies
I am using either simultaneous dual-neuron recordings, fMRI tools, or Reinforcement Learning models in behaving macaque monkeys according to project requirement.
I aim to investigate learning-related changes in neuronal activities, with an emphasis on the following aspects:
- Functional organization of the striatum and its connectivity, related to information processing
- Signal processing in Basal Ganglia neuronal microcircuit
- Social and economic values processing in fronto-striatal functional connectivity
- Cortico-striatal functional connectivity during complex decisions
Differential functional connectivity underlying asymmetric reward-related activity in human and nonhuman primates.
Lopez-Persem A. et al, (2020), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 117, 28452 - 28462
Accelerating the Evolution of Nonhuman Primate Neuroimaging.
PRIMatE Data Exchange (PRIME-DE) Global Collaboration Workshop and Consortium. Electronic address: email@example.com None. and PRIMatE Data Exchange (PRIME-DE) Global Collaboration Workshop and Consortium None., (2020), Neuron, 105, 600 - 603
Changes in activity of fast-spiking interneurons of the monkey striatum during reaching at a visual target.
Marche K. and Apicella P., (2017), J Neurophysiol, 117, 65 - 78
Differences between Dorsal and Ventral Striatum in the Sensitivity of Tonically Active Neurons to Rewarding Events.
Marche K. et al, (2017), Front Syst Neurosci, 11
The PPARα Agonist Fenofibrate Reduces Prepulse Inhibition Disruption in a Neurodevelopmental Model of Schizophrenia.
Rolland B. et al, (2012), Schizophr Res Treatment, 2012