Research Abstract

How do humans and other animals learn, decide what is important, and choose an appropriate behavioral strategy? We believe that answering these quewtions will help us understand the principles and mechanisms of behavioral control.

To answer these questions, we use a variety of techniques and approaches, including carefully designed behavioral assays, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, brain imaging, optogenetics, and anatomical tracing. read more

Selected Publications

  • Monosov IE, Anterior cingulate is a source of valence specific information about value and uncertainty. Nat Commun. 2017 In Press.
  • White JK, Monosov IE. Neurons in the primate dorsal striatum signal the uncertainty of object-reward associations. Nat Commun. 2016 Sep 14.
  • Ledbetter NM, Chen CD, Monosov IE. Multiple mechanisms for processing reward uncertainty in the primate basal forebrain. J Neurosci. 2016 Jul 27.
  • Monosov IE, Hikosaka O. Selective and graded coding of reward uncertainty by neurons in the primate anterodorsal septal region. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Jun;16(6):756-62.
  • Cavanaugh J*, Monosov IE*, McAlonan K, Berman R, Smith MK, Cao V, Wang KH, Boyden ES, Wurtz RH (*authors contributed equally). Optogenetic inactivation modifies monkey visuomotor behavior. Neuron. 2012 Dec 6;76(5):901-7.
  • Monosov IE, Hikosaka O. Regionally distinct processing of rewards and punishments by the primate ventromedial prefrontal cortex. J Neurosci. 2012 Jul 25;32(30):10318-30.

For a complete list of Dr. Monosov's publications, click here.

Ilya Monosov, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Washington University
School of Medicine
Campus Box 8108
East McDonnell Medical Sciences, 211
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-3740

Other Information

2000-2004 BS, Biology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

2005-2010 PhD, Neuroscience, Brown University Advisors: Kirk G. Thompson, David L. Sheinberg, and Robert H. Wurtz