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.

Study Explores Why People Respond Differently to Environmental Drug Cues

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. 

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Gambling Addiction and the Brain

In Saint Louis, Missouri, a national conference on gambling addiction and substance abuse is underway. When it comes to gambling, Fox 2’s Charles Jaco reports that the focus is less on casinos and more on brain chemistry.

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