Frontostriatal connections underline disparate features of non-declarative memory. Previous research has shown that damage to the prefrontal cortex, an area responsible for decision making and other complex cognitive tasks, results in impaired functioning as assessed by the Iowa Gambling task; a measure of non-declarative memory. Likewise, damage to the striatum, also involved in executive functioning, has been previously shown to elicit impaired performance on a probabilistic classification learning task. Furthermore, typical and atypical antipsychotic medications have been shown to differentially affect performance on these two tasks by way of their influence on these underlying brain regions in patients with schizophrenia. My research focuses on further exploring the roles of different brain regions implicated in driving subtypes of non-declarative memory with an emphasis on the possible effects of atypical anti-psychotic medications in a sample population of patients with schizophrenia.
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neuroscience, neurobiology, psychology, neurology, electrophysiology, psychiatry, artificial intelligence, genetics, neuroethics, neurochemistry, education, stem cell research, brain cancer, learning, memory, synaptic plasticity, neurotheology, neuromarketing, neurobotics, mental health, neurolinguistics, neuropsychology