Brain Generators of Delight, Desire and Dread

Recording date 2019-10-25

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English

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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

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MultiMediaZentrum

Prof. Dr. Kent Berridge, University of Michigan, USA

Liking and wanting usually go together for pleasant rewards, but turn out to have separable brain mechanisms. ‘Liking’ is generated by a surprisingly frail and tiny network of hedonic hotspots in brain limbic structures, whereas ‘wanting' for pleasures has a much more robust and larger brain network involving dopamine systems. Surprisingly, the ‘wanting’ system also may have a paradoxical relation to fear. The distinction between liking and wanting systems has implications for understanding mood disorders in several clinical conditions, including addictions, depression and schizophrenia