• Dopamine Essay

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    Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that has an integral role in influencing different behaviours and functions in the brain and ultimately induces substance addiction. The main role of dopamine as a neurotransmitter is to control the brain’s pleasure centre attained from regular physiological activities, regular movement and emotions, and ultimately influence reward motivated behaviours. The mechanisms of dopamine and it’s influence on reward motivated behaviours can be altered by substance or drug

  • Importance Of Dopamine

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    simple to understand, it’s the dopamine that your brain is producing. What is dopamine you might ask? Dopamine is a chemical released in your brain that acts as a neurotransmitter that transmits signals in the neurons of the brain. It plays a major role in our everyday activities mentally and physically. It was first synthesized in 1910 by George Barger and James Ewens in London, England. In 1958 Arvid Carlsson and Nils-Ake Hillarp discovered the function of dopamine as a neurotransmitter. The brain

  • Importance Of Dopamine

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    energetic than others? Dopamine can play a major role in a person's personality. Dopamine is very important in the human brain and learning how it works and functions is key to controlling it. The brain is one of the most complex and important part of a human. Dopamine was first discovered in the 1950’s. Dopamine has the power to do many things in a human and has multiple functions. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that has many different uses in the human brain and body. Dopamine has control over the

  • Dopamine and Drug Addiction

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    United States.” (Birnbaum HG, web). Dopamine is a reward chemical in the brain which rewards us every time we do something positive. Addiction comes from that chemical and can be created from various activities. Someone might enjoy jumping off a cliff, eating food, taking drugs or even play video games. Every time your brain enjoys something, dopamine is release and you start feeling good. The reason drug addiction is more complex, your brain will create more dopamine the more drugs you take. Eventually

  • The Dopamine Hypothesis of Schizophrenia

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    The Dopamine Hypothesis of Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a disease that has plagued societies around the world for centuries, although it was not given its formal name until 1911. It is characterized by the presence of positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms are so named because of the presence of altered behaviors, such as delusions, hallucinations (usually auditory), extreme emotions, excited motor activity, and incoherent thoughts and speech. (1,2) In contrast, negative symptoms

  • Dopamine Hypothesis Of Schizophrenia

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    at the level of NMDA receptors (Wen-Jun Gao). For more than 50 years, the dopamine hypothesis had been considered the mother of the theories of schizophrenia. Van Rossum first proposed it in 1966 suggesting that a hyperactivity occurring at the level of the mesolimbic dopamine pathway is the mediator of positive symptoms of schizophrenia (Seeman 1987). More research has flaunted a hypoactivity in the mesocortical dopamine pathway, which has been hypothesized to mediate the negative, cognitive, and

  • The Influence of Stress on Dopamine Levels

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    The Influence of Stress on Dopamine Levels In the quest to survive, every living organism is equipped with the armor to withstand the impacts of stress. The African savanna leaves the zebra in an anxiety-ridden position of vulnerability to predators. Stress may can be as basic as the lack of food, habitat, or reproductive success. Humans are especially aware of the impacts of stress due to the nature of todayâs contemporary lifestyle. Too many daily demands can give a person anything from insomnia

  • Dopamine, It Does a Body Good

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    Dopamine, It Does a Body Good In class we have frequently discussed the I-function and how it relates to the body and the brain. Is the I-function a separate soul? Is it simply an extension of our DNA and genes? In addition, we have fretted over the I-function and its relationship to our behavior or personality. Where exactly the I-function is, we have also wondered. In this paper I will explore personality, the I-function and their relationship to genes and chemical changes that take place

  • Dopamine: The Causes And Effects Of Parkinson's Disease

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    Parkinson’s disease or PD is a disorder of the brain that is caused when neurons in the brain stop working or die (Browner & Pagan, 2014). The normal function of neurons, or your brain cells, is to make dopamine. This disease typically occurs in the elderly years, starting at fifty and above. This disease affects millions of people around the world, and estimated ten million, 60,000 just in North America. It is not prominent in any one culture or race; even celebrities like Michael J. Fox or Muhammad

  • Dopamine Ltd.'s New Music Player

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    • Foobar 2000……………………………………………………………………...3 • Winamp…………………………………………………………………………3-4 • AIMP……………………………………………………………………………..4 • Amarok…………………………………………………………………………...5 V – CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………5 - WORKS CITED I - INTRODUCTION Dopamine Ltd. has done the research on the music players industry and as the result presents its new project. The report provides the concise scenario of the features and the technologies used in new music player, and how new player can compete with leaders

  • The validity of dopamine transfer deficit theory in ADHD SHR model.

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    The validity of dopamine transfer deficit theory in ADHD SHR model. Introduction and Background Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder in which there is a persistent and developmentally abnormal level of overactivity, inattention and impulsivity. The physical cause or pathophysiology of this disease is currently unknown as the diagnosis is strictly based on relative or excessive increase in the symptoms such as overactivity, inattention or impulsivity which may otherwise also

  • Do Implanted Embryonic Dopamine Neurons in Parkinson's Disease in Patients Provide Relief or Not

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    tremor in most of the cases. A significant finding was that there was a increase in tonic neuronal discharge in Globus Pallidus and STN neurons after MPTP treatment. Changes in neuronal activity are consistent with other evidence that shows how losing dopamine results in an increase in transportation through indirect pathway and a decrease in transportation through the indirect pathway. The changes in the basal ganglia could be the cause of the symptoms shown by Parkinson's patients. Reduced tonic activity

  • Psychology Term Paper

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    Dopamine The way we behave and respond in our environment is due to the tiny chemicals in our nervous system called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters play an important role in our everyday life such as: walking, talking, and thinking. Too much or too little neurotransmitters can have disastrous effects; this is why neurotransmitters appear in insignificant amounts in our bodies, according to Hockenbury, the author of the Brookdale Into to Psychology textbook. ( 51). One of the most recognizable

  • Parkinson’s Disease and Action of Drugs on Movement

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    nigrostriatal dopamine neurons, which leads to a corresponding loss of dopamine in the caudate/putamen part of the basal ganglia, which is accepted as the main receiving area in motor circuits. Information coming to it from the cortex and thalamus is processed and channeled to the pallidum and to the substantia nigra reticular. There are two main pathways from the striatum to the pallidum, the direct pathway and the indirect pathway, and so loss of dopamine, which usually

  • Dopamine's role in the Psychological Architecture of Pleasure and Reward

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    Pöppel, 2007, p. 484). This role was postulated from the discovery of dopamine in reward pathways that are found originating from the midbrain (2). From these discoveries, it has been shown that dopamine has a profound impact upon the existence of “reward-seeking behaviors” (Arias-Carrión & Pöppel, 2007, p. 481). A 2006 study done by Mathias Pessiglione and his colleagues demonstrated that subjects given L-DOPA, a precursor to dopamine, were more likely to remember decisions that led to rewards and continue

  • Parkinson's Disease and Tourette's Syndrome

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    principally involved in the production of dopamine. (2) Dopamine, among other functions, is the neurotransmitter involved in initiation of movement. Hence, the link between dopaminergic cell loss and cessation of voluntary movement, as manifested in Parkinson's Disease, seems established. (3) However, the applicability of this link seems to not end with Parkinson's Disease. If a severe deficit in dopamine induces cessation of movement and baseline levels of dopamine make voluntary, normal movement possible

  • All Doped Up

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    Dopamine and Neurological Problems An integral component of the Central Nervous System is dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which plays a major role in carrying out two activities of the CNS. Dopamine assists in controlling movement, and it is strongly linked with behaviors based on emotion. Neurons from an area of the brain, substantia nigra, which connects to the corpora striata is the area from where dopamine is released. This pathway is involved in movement control and the musculoskeletal

  • Monoamine Transporter as a Drug Action

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    monoamine transporters (VMAT) and plasma membrane. Monoamine is carried in to the vesicles by the latter non-selectively and dopamine, nor adrenaline and serotonin is transported into vesicles by Na+/Cl- and selectively former. Monoamine transportation into the cytoplasm is inhibited when antiepileptic drugs for instance SSRI is attached to nor adrenaline transport (NET) or Dopamine transporter (DAT) and serotonin transport (SERT). Thus the monoamine level increases in the synaptic cleft. Monoamine transporters

  • The Interior and Exterior Stimuli that Cause Pleasure

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    stimulus triggers the brain to release dopamine to give us pleasurable rewards when engage in behavior that people find pleasurable. Our ability to “feel good” involves brain neurotransmitters in this reward system. This reward system consists of dopamine-releasing neurons in areas of the brain called the ventral tegmental area (VTA), the nucleus accumbens, and the amygdala. The VTA dopamine system is strongly associated with the reward system of the brain. Dopamine is released in areas such as the nucleus

  • The Coolidge Effect

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    of a neurochemical called dopamine. Dopamine was behind the phenomenon of the rat’s mating fatigue. As the rat copulates repeatedly with the same old partner, the amount of dopamine released reduces in the reward circuitry of its brain. But when a novel potential mate is introduced, dopamine increases again. Dopamine surging in your reward circuitry can override your feelings of satisfaction, no matter what your rational brain may think about sex or infidelity. Dopamine also naturally drops after

  • Parkinson 's Effects On The Brain

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    most commonly dopamine. As more dopamine is degenerated as the disease progresses, its symptoms begin to worsen. The symptoms of Parkinson’s include slowed movement, loss of balance, tremors and shakes, and speech impairment. These symptoms progress as the disease causes more and more damage to the brain, impairing motor and cognitive functions. In order to understand the symptoms of Parkinson’s and their causes, it is important to understand the role of dopamine in the body. Dopamine is a chemical

  • Inhibitory or Excitatory Potential Changes

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    of at least three neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers of brain cells): serotonin, dopamine, and nor epinephrine" (The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens). This increase in activity can be either excitatory or inhibitory in nature depending on the neurotransmitter involved and which part of the reaction to the drug is taking place. Every area of the brain containing serotonin, dopamine, and/or norepinephrine is affected by MDMA, but the serotonergic and dopaminergic pathways

  • The Neurobiology of Parkinson's Disease

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    activity. These abnormalities are thought to stem from interactions between genetics and the environment. One of these disorders is Parkinson's Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease which is characterized by a deficit in the neurotransmitter dopamine (NHGRI, 1998). Parkinson's Disease affects more than a million Americans a year and is distributed equally geographically, in both men and women, and between socio-economic classes (PD Web, 1998). Although the probability of developing the disease

  • Clozapine and the Treatment of Schizophrenia

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    1% to 2%, the drug is normally viewed in the psychiatric field as a method of last resort.(Kentridge, 1995) The most common explanation for what occurs in the brain of a schizophrenic is the dopamine hypothesis, where certain areas of the brain have excessive activity at certain dopamine receptors.(Kalat, 2004) This theory will be a reoccurring theme when explaining how clozapine interacts with the body. There are also explanations dealing with clozapine's interaction with the

  • Parkinson's Disease: Is It All In the Brain?

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    produce the chemical dopamine (1,4). A chemical in the synapse is what breaks down the dopamine levels and once that occurs it continues to try to deplete the little dopamine that is left (4). The importance of the dopamine is so that messages can be relayed steadily between the substantia nigra (movement control center in the brain) and the corpus striatum (part of the brain that helps regulate motor activities) (1,4). In order for normal, balanced movement of the body to occur dopamine and acetylcholine

  • Case Study: Parkinson's Disease

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    nervous system, and occurs when the brain cells that are in charge of producing dopamine in the body start to slow down the dopamine making process and/or stop it all together. These dopamine producing cells can be found in a grouping of cells called the substantia nigra, which is found in the mesencephalon, also known as the midbrain. What dopamine does is it sends the electrical signals in the brain between the dopamine producing nerve cells from the substantia nigra to the corpus striatum (part of

  • addiction

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    found that dopamine is the major cause of drug addiction rather than it being a moral choice of always using the drug, although there are countless leading causes that cause a person to begin using that are based on a persons environment and their surroundings. Dr.Nora Volkow is in charge of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and she says that “The way a brain becomes addicted to a drug is related to how a drug increases levels of the natuarally-occuring neurotransmitter dopamine.” Hirschman

  • The Neural Control of the Kidneys

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    (Sterns, 2013). Dopamine is synthesized within the kidney in the proximal tubule via the decarboxylation of circulating L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) by the enzyme L-amino acid decarboxylase and discharged into membrane into the lumen, where it bind to and activate specific dopaminergic receptors (Carey, 2001) . It acts locally to exert its actions in a paracrine and autocrine fashion and the major effects is increase in renal blood flow and natriuretic response. Dopamine receptors are classified

  • Parkinson’s Disease

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    colliculus. Neurons that originate in the striatum and project to the substantia nigra are inhibitory and utilize the neurotransmitters GABA and substance P. Fibers that arise in the pars compacta of the substantia nigra use the neurotransmitter dopamine and synapse in the striatum, while GABAminergic cells in the pars reticulata receive striatal input and project to the thalamus. Recordings from neurons in the basal ganglia of monkeys during various motor tasks reveal that the discharge of single

  • Parkinson 's Disease : Symptoms And Treatment

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    brain produce the neurotransmitter Dopamine. Generally about 50% of the dopamine producing cells have degenerated before motor symptoms of the Parkinson’s disease began. The dopamine released in the Substancia Negra are released in a physiological fashion in order to facilitate movement. Being a neurotransmitter, Dopamine allows communications from one neurone to another in the brain. When these dopamine releasing cells are lost in the Substancia Negra, the dopamine deficiency leads to motor symptoms

  • Mechanisms by which a Psychoactive Drug May Exert Influence on Neural Processing

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    receptor site and is reabsorbed by the neuron so it can be used again to pass along another action potential. They can be categorised as one of six types: acetylcholine, amino acids, neuropeptides such as endorphins, monoamines such as serotonin and dopamine, purines and lipids and gases (Cherry K, 2014). Psychoactive drugs are classified into five different groups depending on how they affect the brain. In this essay I will be looking at three of these groups: stimulants, depressants and hallucinogens

  • Parkinson's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery

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    nervous system, autopsy testing in the 1950's of Parkinson's patients showed that dopamine levels in an area adjacent to the substantia nigra, known as the striatum, were only about 10-20% of the levels present in unaffected individuals (3). The parallel of the low level of dopamine and the death of cells of the substantia nigra in Parkinson's patients led scientists to postulate that the substantia nigra produces dopamine. When levels were disrupted due to cell death, this would likely lead to a change

  • Consuming Pornography: Porn and the Brain

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    your brain, such as Dopamine, and Oxytocin. These chemicals in the brain are not harmful on their own. They help us experience pleasure and help us bond with other people. They even make us desire to come back to activities that make us happy; the issue is that this “reward pathway” can be what experts say “highjacked.” The process that strong drugs; like opioids and cocaine take to make those consuming them feel high; is by triggering this pathway to release high levels of dopamine without making the

  • Caffeine Effects In The Brain

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    Caffeine Effects In The Brain Caffeine acts in a multitude of ways in the brain. The most recent studies explore the cooperative effects of adenosine and dopamine, as well as the increase in calcium in the interstitial fluid and possible accumulation of cyclic adenosine monophospate. The most popular discussions of earlier studies of caffeine demonstrate its antagonistic effects on adenosine receptors. While it has been reported that adenosine receptors are located throughout

  • Similarities Between Neurotransmitters And Acetylcholine

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    In comparing the differences between the neurotransmitters dopamine and acetylcholine, it is important to have a basic understanding of what neurotransmitters are, and what processes, such as the neuronal processes, they 're involved in. Furthermore, in the understanding of neurotransmitters, there are certain functions that specific neurotransmitters perform, such as the differences in the functions of dopamine and acetylcholine that need to be known in order to associate either transmitter to a

  • Personality: a Neurobiological Model of Extraversion

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    animal model Depue found that the ventral tegmental area dopamine projection system facilitates incentive motivated behavior in rats. Dopamine agonists and antagonists in the ventral tegmental area facilitate and impair respectively exploratory, aggressive, social and sexual behavior. Similar phenomena is observed in humans-- dopamine activating drugs tend to stimulate an enhanced interaction with the environment. Individual differences in dopamine levels, as expected with extraversion, can result both

  • The Relationship between Genetics and Violence

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    activity, especially within the orbitofrontal cortex and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Both of these brain areas have effects on decision making. Other causes are linked to hormones and neuroendocrine transmitters, like testosterone and dopamine. Dopamine is linked to the reward system, and testosterone is linked to general violent behavior. Lastly, some of the causes are linked to enzymes. Monoamine oxidase A is used in the treatment of depression and anxiety, and has been linked to the “warrior

  • Risperdal

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    suicide, and 1 in 10 will succeed. There is great social stigma associated with the disease (Sarason & Sarason, 2001, pg. 350). The dopamine theory behind the cause of schizophrenia states that in part excess dopamine is a possible factor or there is more than an average number of dopamine, Type 2 receptors. Risperidone acts on the dopamine D2 receptor (Sarason, et al, 2001, pg. 368).

  • What Is ADHD?

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    caused by an insufficient amount of dopamine in the frontal lobe of the brain. Dopamine is used by the brain as a neurotransmitter, a chemical that transmits a signal from one brain neuron to the next. When a brain neuron is activated by dopamine it in turn releases more dopamine to nearby neurons, causing a chain reaction. A release of dopamine makes our brain happy. The more dopamine is released, the happier we become. In the frontal lobe of the brain, dopamine controls focus, motivation, and

  • A Brief Description of Schizophrenia

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    may be responsible for positive symptoms. Dopamine Hypothesis The current dopamine hypothesis suggests that schizophrenia is a result of dysregulation of dopaminergic activity – there is an increase in dopamine D2 binding sites and there are prefrontal D1 deficits (Moncrieff, 2009;). This means that there is over activity of dopamine in certain areas of the brain – possibly leading to positive symptoms – and there is also under activity of dopamine in other areas of the brain – possibly leading

  • Amphetamine Research Paper

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    neurons and by blocking monoamine reuptake. AMPH most prominently releases norepinephrine (NE) and dopamine (DA), and to lesser extent of serotonin (5-HT) [11]. Although AMPH blocks the action of transporters at dopaminergic, serotonergic, and noradrenergic neurons, its positive effects exerted on cognition and attention appear to be mediated primarily at the level of prefrontal cortex and involves dopamine (DA) neurotransmission, which acts particularly through D1 receptors [ 12, 13]. Apart from the

  • Parkinson 's Disease Is A Chronic And Progressive Movement Disorder

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    also involve the loss of cell producing dopamine. The decreased of dopamine level related to inhibitory GABA 's increase in output nuclei in the basal ganglia, internal segment of globus pallidus and pars reticulata of the substantia nigra. Neuron that is on the internal region of globus pellidus and pars reticulata of suntantial nigra is predominate by D1 receptor, while D2 receptor dominance the neuron on the external region of globus pellidus. Dopamine exert different effects on these receptor

  • To What Extent Neurotransmitters are Implicated In Schizophrenia

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    Acetycholine is often associated with Alzheimer's disease. Norepinephrine is released by sympathetic neurons, and it is these sympathetic neurons that are found in the brain and spinal cord. Dopamine is also a transmitter that evolves from the same metabolic pathways as Norepinephrine. Both Dopamine and Norepinephrine are neurotransmitters from epinephrine, and belong to a class of compounds called Biogenicamines. After they are released from the Biogenicamines they can be absorbed

  • Treatments of Parkinson's Disease

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    are used are Levodopa, Dopamine agonists and MAO-B inhibitor. Levodopa The first prescription drug is called Levodopa, according to the journal Clinical Medicine (2013) written by Worth mentions that “Levodopa in combination with the dopadeboxylase inhibitor benserazide (co-benelodopa) or carbidopa (co-caredopa) remains the most efficacious treatment for the motor symptoms of PD” (p. 93). Since Parkinson’s disease causes the loss of brain cells to produce dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that is

  • bio

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    found. Addictive compound, Dopamine is the brain's happy hormones; when we begin a relationship, dopamine will release making people feel excitement and energetic feeling. Rutgers University biologist Dr. Eckel said long-term love affair can stimulate the secretion of dopamine. Love is actually a result of a large amount of dopamine in the brain in action. Therefore, smoking and drug use can increase the secretion of dopamine which makes people feel happy and excited Dopamine is a neurotransmitter,

  • Cocaine in the Brain

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    attractive to users because it triggers dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is present in many regions of the brain. In normal mice, the introduction of cocaine increases dopamine by 150 percent. Dopamine regulates movement, emotion, motivation, and the feeling of pleasure. In a normal brain, dopamine is released by a neuron into a synapse and then it moves to dopamine receptors on other neurons. It is then moved back to the neuron that transmitted the dopamine initially. When cocaine enters

  • Reflection On The Biological Approach

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    addiction. Addictive substances cause an increase a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which goes to a part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens and produces pleasurable sensations/responces. This pathway is called the reward pathway. Naturally dopamine release does not occur often, so when one repeatedly uses drugs that cause dopamine release receptor cells become overwhelmed and shut down. The brains ability to produce dopamine by itself decreases, but the need for it remains, creating a dependency

  • Essay About Food Addiction

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    neural circuits purpose are to motivate us to seek food when our energy resources are depleted. The mesolimbic dopamine pathway is a subset of this neural curcuitry, its purpose is to process the hedonic and rewarding aspects of food. The mesolimbic dopamine can also promote one to overeat when presented with palatable and energy dense food sources. This occurs because of the release of dopamine. The Influence of the Reward Pathway on Food Addiction It has been found in both animal and human models that

  • The Impact of Neurotransmitters on Physical and Mental Behavior

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    on the other nearby neurons. Neurotransmitters are a very important part of the Central Nervous System (CNS) because they allow communication to occur inside neurons as well as between neurons. The four primary neurotransmitters are acetylcholine, dopamine, GABA, and serotonin. Acetylcholine Acetylcholine is the primary neurotransmitter secreted by efferent axons of the CNS (Carlson, 2011, p. 99). Acetylcholine is made of two substances; choline and acetate (Carlson, 2011, p. 100). Choline is a

  • Schizophrenia

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    ( These medications have contributed significantly to the study of Schizophrenia and are now the primary basis by which researchers study the neurological effects of the disease. Many major neurotransmitter systems such as Serotonin (5-HT), Dopamine (DA), and Glutamate (NMDA) have now been implicated in Schizophrenia and it is possible that complex interactions between these systems lead to the neurological effects of the disease. This paper will primarily focus on the Serotonin neurotransmitter