Pleasure rather than salience activates human nucleus accumbens and medial prefrontal cortex.

  title={Pleasure rather than salience activates human nucleus accumbens and medial prefrontal cortex.},
  author={D. Sabatinelli and M. Bradley and P. Lang and Vincent D Costa and F. Versace},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  volume={98 3},
  • D. Sabatinelli, M. Bradley, +2 authors F. Versace
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of neurophysiology
  • Recent human functional imaging studies have linked the processing of pleasant visual stimuli to activity in mesolimbic reward structures. However, whether the activation is driven specifically by the pleasantness of the stimulus, or by its salience, is unresolved. Here we find in two studies that free viewing of pleasant images of erotic and romantic couples prompts clear, reliable increases in nucleus accumbens (NAc) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) activity, whereas equally arousing… CONTINUE READING
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