Dopamine, Behavioral Economics, and Effort

  title={Dopamine, Behavioral Economics, and Effort},
  author={John D Salamone and Merc{\'e} Correa and Andrew M. Farrar and Eric J. Nunes and M. E. Pardo},
  booktitle={Front. Behav. Neurosci.},
There are numerous problems with the hypothesis that brain dopamine (DA) systems, particularly in the nucleus accumbens, directly mediate the rewarding or primary motivational characteristics of natural stimuli such as food. Research and theory related to the functions of mesolimbic DA are undergoing a substantial conceptual restructuring, with the traditional emphasis on hedonia and primary reward yielding to other concepts and lines of inquiry. The present review is focused upon the… CONTINUE READING
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