Dopamine Plays Double Duty in Learning and Motivation

Dopamine Plays Double Duty in Learning and Motivation

By Neuroscience News

Findings

Findings

A novel study suggests that dopamine, a neurotransmitter, plays dual roles in learning and motivation.

Findings

Findings

In the study, male rats underwent Pavlovian or operant conditioning while their dopamine release was measured.

Findings

Findings

It was found that in both conditioning types, rats released dopamine when exposed to a reward-predictive cue.

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Findings

However, only in the operant-conditioning group was a sustained plateau of dopamine observed, indicating a possible link to motivation.

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