Using optogenetics to activate dopamine receptors in the ventral tegmental area could help people regain consciousness following general anesthesia, researchers report.
Activation of a neural circuit can inhibit binge like eating behaviors in mice.
According to a new study to be published in eNeuro, amphetamine use may disrupt the development of the orbital prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with decision making.
Researchers report that a FDA approved drug to treat leukemia increases dopamine and reduces toxic proteins linked to disease progression in Parkison's and dementia with Lewy bodies.
Researchers have identified a specific network in the brain that appears to be associated with risk and reward assessment.
Researchers report dopamine neurons may play a role in fear extinction. The study suggests targeting dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area could be of therapeutic benefit to reduce the impact of learned fear in PTSD and anxiety disorders.
Researchers shed light on the dual nature of dopamine, as a neurotransmitter that makes us seek pleasure and also reinforces avoidance of pain.