Ryan Hughes

Current Research Interests

I am interested in the basal ganglia and its role in the generation and production of behavior.  The basal ganglia is a large, heterogeneous, and functionally diverse sub-cortical structure of the brain that mediates a variety of aspects of behavior, including reward-guided learning, instrumental learning, habit formation (procedural learning), as well as action selection and initiation. Mal-adaptive functioning of the basal ganglia is implicated in a variety of disorders, including Parkinson's Disease, Addiction, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Huntington's Disease.  Furthering our understanding of the basal ganglia will help us discover better treatments for these disorders, as well give us better insight into how behavioral output is generated

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