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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (4): 667-677.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.00667

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 The neural mechanisms of goal-direct and habitual learning system

 DONG Chenjie1; LIANG Jingjing1; DONG Yuyuan2; ZHENG Zhongyan1; PENG Ziwen3   

  1.  (1 School of Psychology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China) (2 School of Education, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing 401331, China) (3 Mental Health Center / Department of Child Psychiatry, Shenzhen Kangning Hospital, Shenzhen 518020, China)
  • Received:2017-05-01 Online:2018-04-15 Published:2018-02-28
  • Contact: PENG Ziwen, E-mail: E-mail: E-mail:
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Abstract:  The dual system model of behavior learning recognizes two distinct systems: goal-directed system and habitual system. The goal-directed system, encoding the action-outcome behavior, is associated with caudate, ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). The habitual system, concerning stimulus-response behaviors, is associated with the putamen and supplementary motor area (SMA). Research paradigms for these two behavioral learning systems mainly include outcome devaluation and contingency degradation paradigms. A large number of studies have found a dynamic defect of goal-direct learning system and habitual learning system in obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, addiction and other mental disorders.

Key words: goal-direct learning system, habitual learning system, caudate, putamen, stereotyped behavior

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