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Neural basis of reward anticipation and its genetic determinants

Jia, Tianye; Macare, Christine; Desrivi�res, Sylvane; Gonzalez, Dante A.; Tao, Chenyang; Ji, Xiaoxi; Ruggeri, Barbara; Nees, Frauke; Banaschewski, Tobias; Barker, Gareth J.; Bokde, Arun L. W.; Bromberg, Uli; B�chel, Christian; Conrod, Patricia J.; Dove, Rachel; Frouin, Vincent; Gallinat, J�rgen; Garavan, Hugh; Gowland, Penny A.; Heinz, Andreas; Ittermann, Bernd; Lathrop, Mark; Lemaitre, Herv�; Martinot, Jean-Luc; Paus, Tom�; Pausova, Zdenka; Poline, Jean-Baptiste; Rietschel, Marcella; Robbins, Trevor; Smolka, Michael N.; M�ller, Christian P.; Feng, Jianfeng; Rothenfluh, Adrian; Flor, Herta; Schumann, Gunter


Tianye Jia

Christine Macare

Sylvane Desrivi�res

Dante A. Gonzalez

Chenyang Tao

Xiaoxi Ji

Barbara Ruggeri

Frauke Nees

Tobias Banaschewski

Gareth J. Barker

Arun L. W. Bokde

Uli Bromberg

Christian B�chel

Patricia J. Conrod

Rachel Dove

Vincent Frouin

J�rgen Gallinat

Hugh Garavan

Andreas Heinz

Bernd Ittermann

Mark Lathrop

Herv� Lemaitre

Jean-Luc Martinot

Tom� Paus

Zdenka Pausova

Jean-Baptiste Poline

Marcella Rietschel

Trevor Robbins

Michael N. Smolka

Christian P. M�ller

Jianfeng Feng

Adrian Rothenfluh

Herta Flor

Gunter Schumann


Dysfunctional reward processing is implicated in various mental disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and addictions. Such impairments might involve different components of the reward process, including brain activity during reward anticipation. We examined brain nodes engaged by reward anticipation in 1,544 adolescents and identified a network containing a core striatal node and cortical nodes facilitating outcome prediction and response preparation. Distinct nodes and functional connections were preferentially associated with either adolescent hyperactivity or alcohol consumption, thus conveying specificity of reward processing to clinically relevant behavior. We observed associations between the striatal node, hyperactivity, and the vacuolar protein sorting-associated protein 4A (VPS4A) gene in humans, and the causal role of Vps4 for hyperactivity was validated in Drosophila. Our data provide a neurobehavioral model explaining the heterogeneity of reward-related behaviors and generate a hypothesis accounting for their enduring nature.


Jia, T., Macare, C., Desrivières, S., Gonzalez, D. A., Tao, C., Ji, X., …Schumann, G. (2016). Neural basis of reward anticipation and its genetic determinants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(14), 3879-3884.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 21, 2016
Publication Date Apr 5, 2016
Deposit Date May 9, 2017
Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Print ISSN 0027-8424
Electronic ISSN 1091-6490
Publisher National Academy of Sciences
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 113
Issue 14
Pages 3879-3884
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