Neural integration of reward, arousal, and feeding: recruitment of VTA, lateral hypothalamus, and ventral striatal neurons.

@article{Gutierrez2011NeuralIO,
  title={Neural integration of reward, arousal, and feeding: recruitment of VTA, lateral hypothalamus, and ventral striatal neurons.},
  author={Ranier Gutierrez and Mary Kay Lobo and Feng Zhang and Luis de Lecea},
  journal={IUBMB life},
  year={2011},
  volume={63 10},
  pages={824-30}
}
The ability to control neuronal activity using light pulses and optogenetic tools has revealed new properties of neural circuits and established causal relationships between activation of a single genetically defined population of neurons and complex behaviors. Here, we briefly review the causal effect of activity of six genetically defined neural circuits on behavior, including the dopaminergic neurons DA in the ventral tegmental area (VTA); the two main populations of medium-sized spiny… CONTINUE READING

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