a gray mouse drinking from a water bottle in a cage
“Feel-Good” Neurons Steer Mice Toward Hydration-Boosting Liquids
The cells signal to the brain how hydrating particular beverages are, but it’s not yet clear whether they play a similar role in humans.
“Feel-Good” Neurons Steer Mice Toward Hydration-Boosting Liquids
“Feel-Good” Neurons Steer Mice Toward Hydration-Boosting Liquids

The cells signal to the brain how hydrating particular beverages are, but it’s not yet clear whether they play a similar role in humans.

The cells signal to the brain how hydrating particular beverages are, but it’s not yet clear whether they play a similar role in humans.

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Bee on purple flower
Dopamine Drives Bee Desires: Study
Natalia Mesa | Apr 28, 2022
Like in humans, the neurotransmitter appears to play a role in generating wanting-like behavior and, perhaps, happy memories in honeybees.
Ketamine Could Help Cut Alcohol Consumption by Rewiring Memory
Catherine Offord | Nov 27, 2019
Preliminary findings from a clinical trial of heavy drinkers suggest that the drug can weaken certain memories tied to the reward of imbibing, although the mechanisms aren’t fully clear.
The Cerebellum’s Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2019
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine neuroscientist has revealed surprising functions of the brain region, such as its role in the brain’s rewards circuits and in addiction.
Robb Rutledge Pinpoints the Factors That Make Us Happy—Or Not
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018
The University College London researcher is a pioneer in the use of smartphone apps for psychology research.
Jeremy Day Probes Reward Signaling in the Brain
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2017
The University of Alabama, Birmingham, researcher seeks the neural roots of animal behavior
Neural Circuit Plays Role in Overeating
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 8, 2016
Activating serotonin receptors halts a binge-like eating behavior in mice, researchers report.
Visualizing Interpersonal Connection
Tanya Lewis | Apr 4, 2016
People are attracted to others whose emotions they feel they can easily understand, according to a neuroimaging study.
Neural Basis of Risk Aversion
Catherine Offord | Mar 24, 2016
Researchers identify and manipulate a signal in the brains of rats that controls risky behavior.
Placebo’s Double Whammy
Kerry Grens | Oct 14, 2013
Sham treatments can both reduce pain and increase pleasure, and do so affecting similar circuitry in the brain.
Beer Tastes Intoxicating
Sabrina Richards | Apr 15, 2013
Just the flavor of beer is enough to boost dopamine in brain areas related to reward—especially in men with alcoholic relatives.