DYT1 dystonia increases risk taking in humans

David Arkadir, Angela Radulescu, Deborah Raymond, Naomi Lubarr, Susan B. Bressman, Pietro Mazzoni, Yael Niv

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It has been difficult to link synaptic modification to overt behavioral changes. Rodent models of DYT1 dystonia, a motor disorder caused by a single gene mutation, demonstrate increased long-term potentiation and decreased long-term depression in corticostriatal synapses. Computationally, such asymmetric learning predicts risk taking in probabilistic tasks. Here we demonstrate abnormal risk taking in DYT1 dystonia patients, which is correlated with disease severity, thereby supporting striatal plasticity in shaping choice behavior in humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere14155
Issue numberJUN2016
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Neuroscience


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