the part of the human brain that makes new music in particular so pleasurable, showing that activity in the nucleus accumbens—located near the organ’s center - shown in red—is most closely linked to our enjoyment of a new tune. It also reveals that a second area -in the auditory cortex- is involved, encoding preferences based on the music we hear over time, making it more likely that we’ll enjoy new songs that resemble those we’ve already heard.

the part of the human brain that makes new music in particular so pleasurable, showing that activity in the nucleus accumbens—located near the organ’s center - shown in red—is most closely linked to our enjoyment of a new tune. It also reveals that a second area -in the auditory cortex- is involved, encoding preferences based on the music we hear over time, making it more likely that we’ll enjoy new songs that resemble those we’ve already heard.

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Frontiers | The Intense World Theory – A Unifying Theory of the Neurobiology of Autism | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Frontiers | The Intense World Theory – A Unifying Theory of the Neurobiology of Autism | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

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This image shows the anatomy to the VTA with the striatum, nucleus accumbens and substantia nigra labelled.

This image shows the anatomy to the VTA with the striatum, nucleus accumbens and substantia nigra labelled.

Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) is the area that synthesizes dopamine, which then sends to nucleus accumbens. Nucelus accumbens is the pleasure center, and it is stimulated by the neurotransmitter dopamine from VTA. VTA also sends dopamine to prefrontal cortex which regulates and controls these impulses. The locus coeruleus is the area packed with norepinephrine; and when stimulated by a lack of the addictive substance, will drives the person to do anything necessary to obtain a fix.

Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) is the area that synthesizes dopamine, which then sends to nucleus accumbens. Nucelus accumbens is the pleasure center, and it is stimulated by the neurotransmitter dopamine from VTA. VTA also sends dopamine to prefrontal cortex which regulates and controls these impulses. The locus coeruleus is the area packed with norepinephrine; and when stimulated by a lack of the addictive substance, will drives the person to do anything necessary to obtain a fix.

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Nucleus accumbens represented by a red dot. This image is under copyleft.

Nucleus accumbens represented by a red dot. This image is under copyleft.

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nucleus accumbens dopamine - biology of cravings

nucleus accumbens dopamine - biology of cravings

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