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J Psychiatry Neurosci. 1991 Sep;16(3):109-14.

Self-stimulation: a rewarding decade.

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  • 1School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

In the past decade, there has been considerable emphasis on developing and refining the measurement instruments used to assess the rewarding effect of brain stimulation. These efforts have given rise to quantitative methods aimed at revealing the underlying neurophysiology and neuroanatomy by tracing the trajectories of the relevant neurons. In this paper, we summarize some of the quantitative findings that have resulted from research at the University of Ottawa in the neurobiology of motivated behavior. These include studies using markers to reveal which structures are metabolically activated by rewarding brain stimulation, comprehensive mapping of brain areas for self-stimulation and other stimulation-induced behaviors, and examination of the effects of benzodiazepines on feeding and reward.

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