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Life's rewards: Linking dopamine, incentive learning, schizophrenia, and the mind

Richard J. Beninger

Abstract

Life’s Rewards: Linking Dopamine, Incentive Learning, Schizophrenia, and the Mind explains how increased brain dopamine produces reward-related incentive learning, the acquisition by neutral stimuli of increased ability to elicit approach and other responses. Dopamine decreases may produce inverse incentive learning, the loss by stimuli of the ability to elicit approach and other responses. Incentive learning is gradually lost when dopamine receptors are blocked. The brain has multiple memory systems defined as “declarative” and “non-declarative;” incentive learning produces one form of non-de ... More

Keywords: dopamine, drug abuse, glutamate, incentive learning, mental experience, non-declarative memory, Parkinson’s disease, reward, schizophrenia, striatum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824091
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824091.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard J. Beninger, author
Professor Emeritus, Queen's University at Kingston