The debate over dopamine’s role in reward: the case for incentive salience

@article{Berridge2006TheDO,
  title={The debate over dopamine’s role in reward: the case for incentive salience},
  author={Kent C. Berridge},
  journal={Psychopharmacology},
  year={2006},
  volume={191},
  pages={391-431}
}
  • K. Berridge
  • Published 2 March 2007
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Psychopharmacology
IntroductionDebate continues over the precise causal contribution made by mesolimbic dopamine systems to reward. There are three competing explanatory categories: ‘liking’, learning, and ‘wanting’. Does dopamine mostly mediate the hedonic impact of reward (‘liking’)? Does it instead mediate learned predictions of future reward, prediction error teaching signals and stamp in associative links (learning)? Or does dopamine motivate the pursuit of rewards by attributing incentive salience to reward… 
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