Dopamine signals mimic reward prediction errors

Nat Neurosci. 2013 Jul;16(7):777-9. doi: 10.1038/nn.3448.


Modern theories of associative learning center on a prediction error. A study finds that artificial activation of dopamine neurons can substitute for missing reward prediction errors to rescue blocked learning.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Association Learning / physiology*
  • Conditioning, Operant / physiology*
  • Dopaminergic Neurons / physiology*
  • Female
  • Ventral Tegmental Area / cytology*