dopamine hypothesis


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dopamine hypothesis

Psychiatry A theory that attempts to explain the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and other psychotic states as due to excess dopamine activity in various areas of the brain
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The dopamine hypothesis of drug addiction and its potential therapeutic value.
The purpose of the present study was to investigate this dopamine hypothesis by observing the effects of a dopamine agonist on indices of motor performance and reinforcement efficacy derived from a matching law analysis of the relationship between response and reinforcement rates in a context where responding was reinforced by the opportunity to run.
This result would be consistent with Lambert's (1992) dopamine hypothesis.
Unlike the dopamine hypothesis, the adrenochrome hypothesis accounts for many biochemical patterns common among schizophrenic patients.