IEA GOAL

French-Australian International Emerging Action on Biology

IEA GOAL
2018-2020
Contact:
Dr. Etienne Coutureau
etienne.coutureau(at)u-bordeaux.fr

Pr. Bernard Balleine
email

IEA GOAL
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Introduction

The IEA GOAL (International Emerging Action “The Neural Basis of goal-directed behaviour in rats“), managed by Dr. Etienne Coutureau (Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d’Aquitaine, CNRS –Bordeaux University) in collaboration with Pr. Bernard Balleine (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) has started in 2018 and will run until the end of 2020.

Missions and research themes

Decision making is an essential component of our life in a world of increasing social complexity, means for communication, and technological advances. Solving problems and adapting to new situations requires the integration of the pursued goal with the possible values and consequences of our decisions. In ecological situations, animals and humans are able to flexibly adapt their performance according to changes in the environment. Understanding how the brain integrates goal information is a fundamental issue and has major implications at both theoretical and applied levels. The GOAL project  integrates into this rapidly expanding international initiative to understand the neurocognitive bases of goal-directed decision making.

Main OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

Research in this field calls upon complementary competences, cross-disciplinary exchanges and effective cooperation. This is achieved in the present project by bringing together major actors in France (E. Coutureau, Bordeaux) and Australia (B. Balleine, S. Killcross, Sydney) who together have the ambition of fostering a world-class network for research theory and methods on goal implementation

In the present proposal, we aim at sharing data and ideas through people exchanges and minisymposia organisation,  in both  Bordeaux and  Sydney in order to elucidate the brain dynamics of information exchanges.

institutions and laboratories involved

France

  • Dr. Etienne Coutureau (Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d’Aquitaine, CNRS –Bordeaux University)

Australia

  • Pr. Bernard Balleine (School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney)

 

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