Posts tagged with ‘dopamine’
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that has many functions in the brain, including important roles in behavior and cognition, voluntary movement, motivation and reward, sleep, mood, attention, and learning. Dopamine plays an important role in addiction because many drugs cause the release of excess dopamine in the brain.
A new study has found that differences in people’s responses to environmental cues can change chemical responses in the brain. This finding could help researchers develop new treatments for substance abuse, compulsive gambling, sexual addiction, and other compulsive behaviors.