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Dopamine release in nucleus accumbens during rewarded task switching measured by [C-11]raclopride
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2014 (English)In: NeuroImage, ISSN 1053-8119, E-ISSN 1095-9572, Vol. 99, 357-364 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reward and motivation have positive influences on cognitive-control processes in numerous settings. Models of reward implicate corticostriatal loops and the dopamine (DA) system, with special emphasis on D-2 receptors in nucleus accumbens (NAcc). In this study, 11 right-handed males (35-40 years) were scanned with positron emission tomography (PET) in a single [C-11]raclopride dynamic scan during rewarded and non-rewarded task switching. Rewarded task switching (relative to baseline task switching) decreased [11C]raclopride binding in NAcc. Decreasing NAcc [C-11]raclopride binding was strongly associated with task reaction time measures that reflect individual differences in effort and control strategies. Voxelwise analyses additionally revealed reward-related DA release in anterodorsal caudate, a region previously associated with task-switching. These PET findings provide evidence for striatal DA release during motivated cognitive control, and further suggest that NAcc DA release predicts the task reaction time benefits of reward incentives.

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2014. Vol. 99, 357-364 p.
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Reward, Dopamine, PET, Nucleus accumbens, Working memory, Motivation
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107093DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.05.047ISI: 000339860000036OAI: diva2:743966


Available from: 2014-09-05 Created: 2014-09-03 Last updated: 2014-09-05Bibliographically approved

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