The ability to discriminate novel from familiar stimuli is a fundamental feature of the central nervous system. When humans or animals detect novel stimuli in their environment, they respond with distinct orienting and exploratory behaviors. One central candidate brain system involved in the processing of novel stimuli are the dopamine neurons of the midbrain ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc).
The aim of my research is to (i) characterize the responses of those dopamine neurons to novel versus familiar stimuli, and to (ii) evaluate the potential function of those novelty responses in learning from reward.
|since 2017||Teaching assistant Biostatistics, KU Leuven|
|2013–2014||Research assistant, Neurophysiology, University College London|
|2014||Master of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University College London|
|2013||Master of Economics, KU Leuven|
|2011||Master of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University|