This is a good summary of how to explore ones work. It written by a bench scientific but teh principals apply to all work and projects and what we spend out time on. Choosing good problems is essential for being a good scientist. But what is a good problem, and how do you choose one? […]
Previously, dopamine in the ventral portion of the striatum was considered to be the “pleasure” neurotransmitter involved in the action of all abused drugs. However, clinical findings suggest that drugs that block the dopamine receptor do not block methamphetamine “liking.” The dopamine story continues to evolve, with dopamine now viewed by some as a chemical […]
This is very interesting. Just look at the spatial relationship relative to the eyes and the brain stem. Sex/mating stimuli processing is right behind where the come in the eyes and are real close to the brain stem where behavior is driven. But money stimuli is processed “far” above and farther out “front” of the […]
Study pinpoints brain area’s role in learning An area of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex is responsible for decisions made on the spur of the moment, but not those made based on prior experience or habit, according to a new basic science study…The distinction is critical to understanding the neurobiology of decision-making, particularly with […]
This video lecture is a bit long and complex but very important topic and very good research. Dr. Nirao Shah is interested in understanding the molecular and neural control of instinctual social behaviors. Using mice as a model organism, his lab focuses on dissecting the mechanisms that generate sexually dimorphic behaviors such as mating, aggression, […]
The below research is a great reality check for people serious about human behavior. Just Wrong: Behavioral Econ/Finance We have been consistent and persistent antagonists to behavioral theories and esp behavioral econ/finance. (BE). It has always been far more marketing and salesmanship, successful, than science and sensible. It just makes no sense. The most intractable […]
When a person takes an addictive substance — whether it be in pill, syringe, or cigarette form — chemicals travel through the blood stream into the brain, where they act on key regions. Each of these drugs provides an artificial chemical boost to the body’s reward system.