Open Questions: Neurochemistry
See also: Neurobiology
Sites with general resources
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
Scientists seek to manage dopamine's good and bad sides
- October 2009 article about research into the role of
dopamine in addiction, obesity, gambling, Parkinson's disease,
How marijuana makes you vague
- March 2001 news article about the idea that marijuana disrupts
memory and other thought processes.
More than one way to cheer up
- November 1999 news article about how antidepressants like
Prozac use more than one chemical pathway to alter mood.
Dopamine not the source of pleasure
- March 1999 news article about experiments that question the
connection between dopamine and pleasure.
To Trust or Not to Trust: Ask Oxytocin
- July 2008 Scientific American Mind Matters article.
"When someone betrays us, how does the brain deal with
it? A hormone associated with social attachment gives us clues."
- December 2004 Scientific American Mind news article about
a cocaine vaccine developed by Xenova Group.
- November 2004 Scientific American sidebar that provides
a short summary of different types of antidepressant drugs.
The Addicted Brain
- March 2004 Scientific American Society & Policy article,
subtitled "Drug abuse produces long-term changes in the
reward circuitry of the brain. Knowledge of the cellular
and molecular details of these adaptations could lead to
new treatments for the compulsive behaviors that underlie addiction."
- January 2002 Scientific American News Scan article,
subtitled "Glutamate may hold a key to drug addiction."
One Dose of Cocaine Primes the Brain for Addiction
- May 2001 Scientific American news article about
how cocaine and other addictive drugs take over chemical
mechanisms that normally reinforce learning and memory in the
Study Reveals Why People Might Crave Cocaine
- May 2001 Scientific American news article about the
brain region involved in cocaine craving.
- March 2001 Scientific American news article about how
gamma-vinyl GABA can block the neurochemical and behavioral
changes associated with addiction and environment-based cravings
Food Addictions in the Brain
- February 2001 Scientific American news article about
how obese people seem to share a neurochemical deficiency with
many cocaine and alcohol abusers."
- July 2000 Scientific American In Focus article, subtitled
"Several studies have now shown that the popular drug causes
permanent brain damage."
Closing in on Addiction
- November 1997 Scientific American In Focus article,
subtitled "New findings suggest a biochemical common ground."
One cocaine hit may trigger addiction
- May 2001 news article about how a single exposure to cocaine
can double the response of neurons that produce dopamine.
Science News, February 26, 2011
- Some nutritional supplements provide real food for thought.
- The Neurobiology of Trust
Paul J. Zak
Scientific American, June 2008
- Our inclination to trust a stranger stems in large part
from exposure to a small molecule known for an entirely
different task: inducing labor - oxytocin.
The Brain's Own Marijuana
Roger A. Nicoll; Bradley N. Alger
Scientific American, December 2004
The Addicted Brain
Eric J. Nestler; Robert C. Malenka
Scientific American, March 2004
The article includes a sidebar about
Insights from Imaging.
Scientific American, September 2003
- The Neurobiology of Depression
Charles B. Nemeroff
Scientific American, June 1998, pp. 42-49
- Depression has been found to have its origins in brain
biochemistry. The neurological underpinnings continue to be
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