The Role of the Habenula in Nicotine Addiction.

@article{Baldwin2011TheRO,
  title={The Role of the Habenula in Nicotine Addiction.},
  author={Philip Rupert Baldwin and Raul Alanis and Ramiro Salas},
  journal={Journal of addiction research & therapy},
  year={2011},
  volume={S1 2}
}
To thrive in any given environment, mobile creatures must be able to learn from the outcomes of both successful and disappointing events. To learn from success, the brain relies on signals originating in the ventral tegmental area and substantia nigra that result in increased release of dopamine in the striatum. Recently, it was shown that to learn from disappointment the brain relies on signals originating in the lateral habenula, which indirectly inhibit dopaminergic activity. The habenula is… CONTINUE READING
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