Stimulant medications and the nucleus accumbens - Leonard Sax MD PhD, 2012

Stimulant medications and the nucleus accumbens - Leonard Sax MD PhD, 2012

The image shows the dopamine pathway with the nucleus accumbens and frontal cortex highlighted.

The image shows the dopamine pathway with the nucleus accumbens and frontal cortex highlighted.

Study links Facebook use to reduced gray matter volume in the nucleus accumbens

Study links Facebook use to reduced gray matter volume in the nucleus accumbens

Dopaminergic system and reward processing - Ventral striatum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Frontiers | The experience of mathematical beauty and its neural correlates | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Frontiers | The experience of mathematical beauty and its neural correlates | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

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.

... Nucleus Accumbens; 8. Summary- Neurocircuitry of Addiction ...

... Nucleus Accumbens; 8. Summary- Neurocircuitry of Addiction ...

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

Know your brain: Nucleus accumbens

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

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.

Antidepressants Reduce Neuropathic Pain by Altering Signaling Protein Levels in Nucleus Accumbens

Antidepressants Reduce Neuropathic Pain by Altering Signaling Protein Levels in Nucleus Accumbens

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