the part of the human brain that makes new music in particular so pleasurable, showing that activity in the nucleus accumbens—located near the organ’s center - shown in red—is most closely linked to our enjoyment of a new tune. It also reveals that a second area -in the auditory cortex- is involved, encoding preferences based on the music we hear over time, making it more likely that we’ll enjoy new songs that resemble those we’ve already heard.

the part of the human brain that makes new music in particular so pleasurable, showing that activity in the nucleus accumbens—located near the organ’s center - shown in red—is most closely linked to our enjoyment of a new tune. It also reveals that a second area -in the auditory cortex- is involved, encoding preferences based on the music we hear over time, making it more likely that we’ll enjoy new songs that resemble those we’ve already heard.

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This image shows the anatomy to the VTA with the striatum, nucleus accumbens and substantia nigra labelled.

This image shows the anatomy to the VTA with the striatum, nucleus accumbens and substantia nigra labelled.

Nucleus accumbens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nucleus accumbens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) is the area that synthesizes dopamine, which then sends to nucleus accumbens. Nucelus accumbens is the pleasure center, and it is stimulated by the neurotransmitter dopamine from VTA. VTA also sends dopamine to prefrontal cortex which regulates and controls these impulses. The locus coeruleus is the area packed with norepinephrine; and when stimulated by a lack of the addictive substance, will drives the person to do anything necessary to obtain a fix.

Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) is the area that synthesizes dopamine, which then sends to nucleus accumbens. Nucelus accumbens is the pleasure center, and it is stimulated by the neurotransmitter dopamine from VTA. VTA also sends dopamine to prefrontal cortex which regulates and controls these impulses. The locus coeruleus is the area packed with norepinephrine; and when stimulated by a lack of the addictive substance, will drives the person to do anything necessary to obtain a fix.

Nucleus accumbens represented by a red dot. This image is under copyleft.

Nucleus accumbens represented by a red dot. This image is under copyleft.

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Structure And Serve As of the Nucleus Accumbens Defined In Detail

Structure And Serve As of the Nucleus Accumbens Defined In Detail

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The brain reward pathway is indispensable to the survival because it associates the execution of vital functions with strong sensations of satisfaction. The ventral tegmental area (VTA), receives information which indicate the level of satisfaction, then analysis and transmits this information thanks to a chemical messenger, the dopamine, to the nucleus accumbens, the septum, the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. The nucleus accumbens acts on the striatum which commands our movements in…

The brain reward pathway is indispensable to the survival because it associates the execution of vital functions with strong sensations of satisfaction. The ventral tegmental area (VTA), receives information which indicate the level of satisfaction, then analysis and transmits this information thanks to a chemical messenger, the dopamine, to the nucleus accumbens, the septum, the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. The nucleus accumbens acts on the striatum which commands our movements in…

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