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    Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

    Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

    When the substantia nigra is super charged by food restriction, or drugs, or both, you become super motivated to seek out more food, or more drugs… whatever floats the substantia nigra’s boat.

    August 27, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
    One region:

    One region:

    ​Both the axons and the main cell bodies of neurons glow green in this photomicrograph of the mouse brain’s substantia nigra, which is involved in addictive behavior. As in the previous image the cell outlines are revealed by infecting them with a chemically tagged virus.

    Parkinson's is much more than dopamine

    ...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.

    June 25, 2012 — Scicurious

    New Movement in Parkinson's

    Recent genetic and cellular discoveries are among the advances pointing to improved treatments for this increasingly common disorder

    July 1, 2005 — Andres M. Lozano and Suneil K. Kalia

    Learning By Surprise

    Novelty enhances memory. That fact has practical implications for educators

    December 17, 2008 — Daniela Fenker and Hartmut Schütze