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Curr Biol. 2019 Oct 7;29(19):R922-R925. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.08.041.

Goal-Oriented Behaviour: The Ventral Tegmental Area in Motivated Movements.

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1
Neurobiology Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 0QH, UK. Electronic address: lmasullo@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk.
2
Neurobiology Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 0QH, UK. Electronic address: mtripodi@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk.

Abstract

The ventral tegmental area is a midbrain region known for the involvement of its dopaminergic neurons in encoding reward-related features, value and motivational states. New research suggests a role for inhibitory neurons of the ventral tegmental area in the orchestration of head movements, which might be instrumental in guiding animals towards spatial targets during motivated behaviour.

PMID:
31593666
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2019.08.041

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