Behavioral and neurotransmitter specific roles for the ventral tegmental area in reinforcer-seeking and intake.

@article{Czachowski2012BehavioralAN,
  title={Behavioral and neurotransmitter specific roles for the ventral tegmental area in reinforcer-seeking and intake.},
  author={Cristine L Czachowski and Michael J Delory and Jason D Pope},
  journal={Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research},
  year={2012},
  volume={36 10},
  pages={1659-68}
}
BACKGROUND The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is a pivotal relay site within the reinforcement circuit that has been shown to play a role in ethanol (EtOH)-motivated behaviors. The primary dopamine projections within this system originate in the VTA and innervate several areas including the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and prefrontal cortex (PFC), and the PFC has afferent glutamate projections to the VTA and the NAc. The following studies utilized 2 different operant paradigms, one focusing on… CONTINUE READING