Dopamine & Anticipating Rewards

I am now two-thirds done with my psychiatry rotation. It has been a fascinating experience so far. I've seen the gamut of psychiatric cases, depressed┬ápeople who cut their necks through and through, to florid schizophrenics worried that the Hiroshima bomb will go off any moment. The treatment of psychiatric conditions like depression or schizophrenia often... Continue Reading →

Dopamine Transporter Gene and Primate Social Behavior

Dopamine is a fundamental neurotransmitter and hormone. You may know it as one of the neurotransmitters associated with the limbic system, being released during eating and sex, which causes a sensation of pleasure. But it is more than just a hedonistic chemical, actually many of the functions of the brain are dependent on dopamine. Memory,... Continue Reading →

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