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Dopamine: The Reward Chemical

Dopamine: The Reward Chemical

Dopamine, often associated with pleasure and motivation, is a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in how we feel pleasure. It's a driving force behind our desires to seek out activities and goals. The release of dopamine occurs when we achieve something, whether it's a significant accomplishment or a simple task like completing an email. This chemical creates a sense of satisfaction and pleasure, reinforcing our actions and encouraging us to repeat them. Interestingly, the anticipation of a reward can also trigger dopamine release, enhancing our motivation to pursue goals.

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Dopamine Functions

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Dopamine is an important chemical messenger that plays several important roles in the brain and body:

  • It influences moods and feelings of reward and motivation: When  released in large amounts, it creates feelings of pleasure and reward, which motivates you to repeat a specific ...

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The neurotransmitter called dopamine is more about the anticipation of a reward than it is about the reward itself.

Some specific cues found in our environment hint to a potential reward and dopamine starts to raise anticipation. So dopamine is the one responsibl...

The Role of Dopamine in Our Brain's Communication

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Dopamine: a special chemical in our brain that helps nerve cells communicate with each other.

  • Produced in (substantia nigra, hypothalamus, and ventral tegmental area)
  • Involved in (movement, motivation, reward, and pleasure)

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