The Vertebrate mesolimbic reward system and social behavior network: A comparative synthesis

@article{OConnell2011TheVM,
  title={The Vertebrate mesolimbic reward system and social behavior network: A comparative synthesis},
  author={Lauren A. O’Connell and Hans A. Hofmann},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Neurology},
  year={2011},
  volume={519}
}
All animals evaluate the salience of external stimuli and integrate them with internal physiological information into adaptive behavior. Natural and sexual selection impinge on these processes, yet our understanding of behavioral decision‐making mechanisms and their evolution is still very limited. Insights from mammals indicate that two neural circuits are of crucial importance in this context: the social behavior network and the mesolimbic reward system. Here we review evidence from… 
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