10 April 2009


Dopamine is a: Functions in brain include:
  • behavior and cognition
  • motivation and reward
  • mood
  • attention
  • learning
Dopaminergic neurons chiefly in:
mesocorticolimbic system (?) (reward, cognition, motivation)
substantia nigra
Motor control
arcuate nucleus
lactation, growth hormone and appetite involvement
  • reinforcement
  • anticipatory (wanting) vs consummatory (liking)(the reduction in dopamine did not reduce the rat's consummatory pleasure, only the desire to actually eat)
  • motivation
  • anhedonia
  • social anxiety/withdrawal
  • pain
  • salience

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