Previous research has shown that visual attention is captured by a stimulus when it has been previously rewarded. How dopamine and the striatum are involved in this behavior, however, is not understood as well. The striatum is a major source of dopamine and a component of the motor and reward systems. It also plays a role in the “learning and execution of habits.” Dr. Brian Anderson, a new member of the TAMU Psychology Department, recently conducted a study to explore the ways dopamine contributed to value-based attentional orienting. Dr. Anderson’s study received media coverage including CNN, The New York Times, and the TODAY show.
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