Sci has a piece up at the Guardian today, talking about a recent flurry of news reports on beer and dopamine. Everyone, get read for MAJOR NEWS. Did you KNOW, that the TASTE of beer increases DOPAMINE!?!?!?Here's a hint.
At the right pH, the hormone and neurotransmitter dopamine turns out to be a really good adhesive. Karen Hopkin reports.
New study finds it's not just dopamine-producing cells, but likely ones that secrete norepinephrine, as well, that kick-start the movement disorder
Higher levels of dopamine in fall and winter could explain yearly mood cycles
Overeating may be a self-medication attempt by dopamine-deprived brains
Sci has a piece over at Slate today! I hear a lot of "dopamine is love", "dopamine is lust", "dopamine is addiction", "dopamine is...". The reality? Dopamine is FAR more complex, and more wonderful than that.
Research published in Nature Neuroscience uncovers a remarkable mechanism a female mouse uses to save her babies from dangerous miscarriage.
Brain scans illuminate the internal connection among the neurotransmitter, impulsiveness and addiction
The same basic brain chemistry involved in the pleasurable sensations of sex and drugs comes into play with rock 'n' roll (and opera). Karen Hopkin reports
When it comes down to it, most humans are pretty optimistic. Yeah, we know the Titanic sank, but our boat is better. We know that driving a car is really pretty dangerous, but we're more careful, it won't happen to us.
The neurotransmitter behind addictive behavior may also unleash paranoia
Imbalance may prompt people to eat more
Consciousness-Raising: Kick-Starting the Brain's Dopamine System May Revive Some Vegetative Patients
A clinical trial seeks to determine if apomorphine, once used to treat Parkinson's symptoms, could speed recovery from certain kinds of brain trauma
Mice will engage in behavior that brings an intruder into a cage to be attacked--the mice appear to find increased dopamine levels associated with the aggression to be rewarding. Steve Mirsky explains, with reporting by Harvey Black.
Here are my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week. "[The] ability for other people's emotional expressions to affect our own risk taking - a form of 'social referencing' - is surprisingly under researched in psychology." This, according to BPS Research Digest blogger Christian Jarrett: Bursting Balloons and Anxious Faces.
...and much more than motor symptoms. A colleague handed me this paper, not just as an interesting aspect of Parkinson's, but as somewhat supportive paper for the role of serotonin in depression.
Scientists optimistic after discovering genetic link to loss of dopamine-producing neurons
Researchers use two imaging methods to pinpoint dopamine as key chemical in human brain's pleasure and motivation circuits
Most of us will suffer sleep deprivation at one time or another. I'm not talking our usual state of broken sleep, 5 hours a night, or something else.