Life's rewards: Dopamine, learning, schizophrenia, and the mind

ISBN : 9780198824091

Richard J. Beninger
480 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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Since its discovery in the 1960s, a vast and wide-ranging body of research has accumulated about the dopaminergic system. Life's Rewards: Linking Dopamine, Incentive Learning, Schizophrenia, and the Mind offers a broad synthesis of our (the?) current understanding of this chemical, addressing its intricate relationship with learning and memory, psychopathology, social co-operation, and drug abuse. Aimed at students and researchers in neuroscience and psychology, Life's Rewards: Linking Dopamine, Incentive Learning, Schizophrenia, and the Mind is essential reading for anyone interested in the relationship between dopamine and reward-related incentive learning.


1 Introduction
2 Dopamine and reward-related learning
3 Dopamine and the elements of incentive learning
4 Multiple memory systems
5 Dopamine as the dependent variable
6 Dopamine and inverse incentive learning
7 Dopamine receptor subtypes and incentive learning
8 Dopamine and social cooperation
9 Schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
10 Drug abuse and incentive learning
11 Neuroanatomy and dopamine systems
12 Mechanisms of dopamine-mediated incentive learning
13 Dopamine and mental experience
References and Notes

About the author: 

Richard J Beninger was born in Walkerton ON in 1950. He studied psychology at Western University, London ON and McGill University, Montreal QC. After completing his PhD in 1977, he continued his studies at the University of British Columbia until moving in 1980 to Queen's University, Kingston ON where he retired as Joint Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry in 2015. During his career, Rick's research focused on neurotransmitters and behaviour in general and dopamine and behaviour in particular. Along with his many students, Rick published regularly in peer-reviewed journals, building over the years an integrated understanding of the behavioural function of dopamine and the associated brain mechanisms of reward-related incentive learning.

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