Friday, May 29, 2009

Omgomgomg - SCIENCE.

This. Is. Awesome.

A new Nature study demonstrates two dopamine pathways - one tuned for salience of reward, and one tuned for salience of general value (both punishment and reward).

Go. Read. Now. I'll wait until you get back.

*fidgets, squirms*

OK, isn't that freaking awesome?!! Did you see the differences in firing patterns during the air puff vs. juice for the second set of neurons? That's GORGEOUS - this study showed us SO MUCH. OooMmmGgg, I wonder what it all means! Brains are so very deliciously complicated.

I love neural pathways, I love gorgeously tuned populations of neurons, I love firing patterns, I love raster graphs, I love primate studies, I love Scicurious, I love dopamine, I love neuroscience, I love new discoveries. I'm squeeing my head off over here.

Hopefully these results are replicable. (Nature isn't always so good with that... but this seems like a well-done study. Preemptive squee!)

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