reward system

Unique Neural Activation Pattern in People With Co-Occurring Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder Points to Future Treatment Targets
Nearly 40% of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD) are considered likely to be affected by alcohol-use disorder (AUD) over their lifetime. Read More
Behavioral Changes in Cocaine Addiction Are Linked to Altered Patterns of Gene Activity in the Striatum
The urgency of opioid abuse and its status as a public health crisis are subjects frequently noted in public discussions and media reports. Cocaine addiction and its impact on public health, while by… Read More
Researchers Identify Habit-Related Neural Circuitry That is Likely Perturbed in Binge-Eating Disorders
A team of investigators led by a BBRF grantee reports that they have gained new insight into circuit-based mechanisms in the human brain that underlie habitual behaviors, specifically those involved… Read More
A Molecule Tested in Higher Primates Reduced Alcohol Consumption By Half
Mammals—including great apes and monkeys as well as early humans—began consuming alcohol from fermented fruit long before humans developed methods to distill alcohol. It is therefore not surprising… Read More
The Neurobiology Behind Young People’s Shift in Interest From Mother’s Voice to Those of Non-Family Members
Teenagers who seem to stop listening to their parents are the very image of youth rebelliousness, but new brain research tells us that something more interesting—and completely unconscious—is going… Read More