Cocaine Changes Dopamine Circuts

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Potentiation of excitatory inputs onto dopamine neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) induced by cocaine exposure allows remodeling of the mesocorticolimbic circuitry, which ultimately drives drug-adaptive behavior… Continue reading

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“We are creatures of movement…”

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Human behavior is essentially foraging.

“…modern humans share an identically functioning auditory center with the first primates that lived millions of years ago suggesting high evolutionary conservation of sound perception.”

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Hooray for Our Side!: NIMH Makes Understanding Complex Behaviors #1 Priority

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Below is the statements about this. It is terrific that this is there priority and doing it from a medical and molecular,”bottom-up”, approach. This wil hopefully stop the bad “science” from the social sciences and economics – which are based inhuman exceptionalism and deny the medical and physiological facts.

“Define the Mechanisms of Complex Behaviors

NIMH encourages research that seeks to define the neural bases of complex behaviors and mental illnesses. Continue reading

Counter the Frontal Lobe Model of Behavior, Supporting Motor System

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Many human activities require a near-instant decision about how to react to a visual cue. Although traditional models emphasized a serial progression from perception to decision and only subsequently to action, this idea has been regularly challenged within the human behavioral literature. Furthermore, neuroscientific investigations have revealed that time-varying neural activity in the primary motor cortex (M1) can actually reflect cognitive processes in a seemingly continuous manner. Continue reading