Researchers identified 16 distinct cell populations in the ventral tegmental area, a brain area involved in dopamine neurotransmission involved in reward-directed behaviors.
Using optogenetics to activate dopamine receptors in the ventral tegmental area could help people regain consciousness following general anesthesia, researchers report.
Researchers have identified a new reward system in the brain. The study found long-range GABA neurons from the ventral tegmental area to the ventral nucleus accumbens shell are engaged in reward and reinforcement behaviors. This GABAergic projection inhibits cholinergic interneurons.
A new study identifies a novel neural network regulating feeding and mood in response to chronic stress. Inhibiting the POMC to ventral tegmental area circuit increases body weight and food intake while reducing depressive symptoms in mouse models.
Researchers have identified a neural circuit between two brain areas that appears to control binge drinking.
Researchers have identified a brain circuit that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
Functional connectivity problems associated with temporal lobe epilepsy appear to improve after surgery.
Study reveals the role the ventral tegmental area of the brain plays in craving protein-rich foods.
Researchers have discovered a lipid that may act as a 'switch' to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine.