In fact, Tsai explained, activity in the ventral striatum
predicted peoples' preferences for excited versus calm faces many months later.
The reinforcing properties of habit-causing drugs are associated with the activation of the mesolimbic dopaminergic pathways such as prefrontal cortex, ventral striatum
and ventral tegmental area.
Dr Voon and colleagues also found that the younger the patient, the greater the level of activity in the ventral striatum
in response to pornography.
As the dorsal (caudate nucleus and putamen) and ventral striatum
(including the nucleus accumbens) constituted primary regions-of-interest (ROI), we performed an ROI analysis on BOLD signal in these areas, using the Marsbar toolbox (Brett et al.
Alcoholic patients showed greater activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, the ventral striatum
, insula, and specific regions of the thalamus and cerebellum during the neutral-relaxing condition (Sinha 2007; Sinha and Li 2007).
In scans performed before the medication regimen, smoking cues activated brain areas involved in drug-motivation, such as the ventral striatum
and medial orbitofrontal cortex, and also elicited reports of craving.
When the youngsters (10 to 13-years-olds) were scanned to measure blood flow through their brains, while looking at faces showing a range of emotions, scientists found increased activity in a tiny structure, the ventral striatum
, deep in the brain.
In this study, we aim to overcome this limitation and develop an algorithm capable of separating the striatum into four structures (caudate, putamen, ventral striatum
, and white matter) .
More importantly, this ventral striatum
response occurred even when no decisions were made, suggesting that the calculation of social standing--as indexed by payment--may be automatic (Fliessbach et al.
approaching environmental stimuli associated with reward), which is largely mediated by the ventral striatum
(nucleus accumbens) and the associated cortico-basal ganglia circuit (Corbit et al.
Dopamine stimulates the ventral striatum
and nucleus accumbens, the parts of the brain that process rewards and create positive emotions like satisfaction and enjoyment.
1994) suggest that histaminergic neurons modulate the in vivo release of ACh in the ventral striatum