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Dopamine Has Many Messages
2012-07-18 14:59:38

In the insect brain, dopamine-releasing nerve cells are crucial to the formation of both punished and rewarded memories Children quickly learn to avoid negative situations and seek positive ones. But humans are not the only species capable of remembering positive and negative events; even the small brain of a fruit fly has this capacity. Dopamine-containing nerve cells connected with the mushroom body of the fly brain play a role here. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of...

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2010-07-26 09:58:15

Neurobiologists can now activate specific nerve cells to study the association between sensations and negative experiences It is common sense that it's worth learning what things and situations are harmful to us if we want to have a long and healthy life. For example, after getting a nasty sunburn, we learn our lesson, and apply sun cream before going sunbathing next time. The importance of such learned avoidance strategies is reflected by the fact that even fruit flies possess them. These...


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  • Boughs or branches.
  • Warbling of birds in trees.
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