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
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.
Higher levels of dopamine in fall and winter could explain yearly mood cycles
Overeating may be a self-medication attempt by dopamine-deprived brains
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 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
Brain scans illuminate the internal connection among the neurotransmitter, impulsiveness and addiction
Research published in Nature Neuroscience uncovers a remarkable mechanism a female mouse uses to save her babies from dangerous miscarriage.
The neurotransmitter behind addictive behavior may also unleash paranoia
Imbalance may prompt people to eat more
A new study reveals that dopamine may help propel athletes into elite mode
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.
Rethinking the “pleasure molecule” could help scientists better understand addiction, Parkinson’s disease and motivation
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
In a major breakthrough researchers show it is possible to make dopamine cells from astrocytes, accelerating traditional stem cell procedures and improving disease symptoms
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.
...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.