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Neuroscientist Vaughn Bell once called dopamine the "Kim Kardashian of neurotransmitters," by which he meant dopamine is seen as the scandalous celebrity amongst its shyer peers like glutamate or GABA. Behavioral neuroscientist Bethany Brookshire described dopamine's rep as "the molecule behind all our most sinful behaviors and secret cravings.". Of course, Bell and Brookshire's greater point was that those descriptions are a touch too simple. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that neurons use to communicate to each other, and dopamine has a lot of functions in the brain besides making us addicted to drugs or sex. It also helps with basic motor function (when you lose dopamine neurons in a c... Tout l'article

14 août