Dopaminergic midbrain and human behavior

A study using real-time brain imaging of 43 young adults finds that risky decision making in humans may be driven by ongoing fluctuations of the dopaminergic midbrain, in the brain stem, suggesting that human behavioral variability may not be random but instead linked to internal brain states, according to the authors.


Article #19-00872: “Endogenous fluctuations in the dopaminergic midbrain drive behavioral choice variability,” by Benjamin Chew

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