Zatorre Lab: Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music

Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music Valorie N Salimpoor, Mitchel Benovoy, Kevin Larcher, Alain Dagher & Robert J Zatorre Nature Neuroscience (2011) doi:10.1038/nn.2726 Abstract Music, an abstract stimulus, can arouse feelings of euphoria and craving, similar to tangible rewards that involve the striatal dopaminergic system. Using the neurochemical … Continue reading

TED TALK: Helen Fisher studies the brain in love

Ted Talk Helen Fisher: the brain in love 37 people who are madly in love into a functional MRI brain scanner. 1. 17 who are happily in love 2. 15 who had just been dumped 3. Studying people who claim to be in love after 25 years of marriage. Guatemala temples Built by grandest sun … Continue reading

From the neuromatrix to the pain matrix, and back (Iannetti and Mouraux)

From the neuromatrix to the pain matrix (and back) G. D. Iannetti 1 and A. Mouraux2 (I actually met Iannetti at the IASP Congress held in Montreal this September 2010!) (1) Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London, Medical Sciences Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK (2) Institute of Neurosciences (IONS), Université … Continue reading

Resting State fMRI: A Novel Approach to Understanding Brain Dysfunction in Major Depression

A set of brain areas that are active at rest and share a similar timecourse of activity is shown. The top row represents the average “resting state network” from a group of 15 healthy controls, the middle row 14 schizophrenia patients, and the bottom row 17 bipolar disorder patients. It is clear that there are … Continue reading

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