Jon Horvitz



Neurochemical Basis of Motivation and Learning Laboratory

We are examining how reward experiences shape the brain's motivational systems. Our focus is on how dopamine changes the strength of synaptic connections within the basal ganglia, and how this helps us to choose which behaviors to engage in.


Brain Mind and Other Things page

This is for things that interest me that aren't strictly about neuroscience.


I am a professor in the Psychology Department at within the City University of New York (CUNY), and in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Program at the CUNY Graduate Center.


Courses I offer at CCNY

Brain, Mind, Experience PSY254
Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience PSY371
Advanced Topics in the Neurochemistry of Learning PSY 31114


This webpage will have a Neuroscience for Beginners area for students and interested non-students with neuroscience-related tutorials and video links.

It will also have a section that lays out theoretical issues in the neurobiology of learning for those who already have some knowledge of neuroscience. Please check back.