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Breakthrough? Study Finds Dopamine Cannot Be Source Of Pleasure In Brain

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March 4, 1999
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University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
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Dopamine, a chemical messenger believed for more than two decades to be the end point of the brain's pleasure system, appears not to be that molecular reward after all, a new study shows. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests instead that dopamine plays an early central role in pleasure, but another chemical -- possibly serotonin -- actually rings the chimes for humans and animals alike.

CHAPEL HILL - Dopamine, a chemical messenger believed for more than two decades to be the end point of the brain's pleasure system, appears not to be that molecular reward after all, a new study shows.


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