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Dopamine levels tied to reward response

December 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
When you do something you enjoy -- whether it's shopping, eating, or even gambling -- your brain releases a chemical called dopamine. Now, scientists think they know why some people get more dopamine in their brain than others.That release of dopamine is called a reward response. When scientists measured dopamine levels after people played a slot machine -- they found differences in the reward response.

Experts think the difference may be genetic, and also may explain why some people become addicts.


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