Learning? Moving? Motivation? Dopamine does it all

Written by Ryan Gilroy (Future Science Group)

Researchers unravel the diverse functions of dopamine by using a virtual-reality system.

Dopamine has its eggs in several baskets, contributing to brain functions such as learning, motivation and movement. A team from The Rockefeller University (NY, USA), have utilized a virtual-reality system involving fruit flies to untangle the roles of dopamine in the brain. They discovered that the same dopamine neurons linked to long-term learning also played a role in motivating the flies to keep searching for food-related smells.

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