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Where in the brain does love come from? According to neuroscientist Bianca Acevedo, a researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, love is a chemical response in the raphe nucleus, ventral pallidum, nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental regions of the brain. These four small areas of the brain, along with hormones and genetics, are where neuroscientists believe the feeling of love forms.

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a severe mental disorder that affects more than 121 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Maintenance of healthy mental function is known to be closely associated with the dopaminergic pathways, specifically from the dopamine (DA) neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) in the reward circuitry

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From Knowing Neurons blog. MRI scan showing in red the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a collection of cells that provide one of the main sources of dopamine.

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from Science News

Newly identified brain circuit could be target for treating obesity

WELL CONNECTED  Neurons (green) in the lateral hypothalamus connect with those in the ventral tegmental area of mice’s brains to contribute to compulsive sugar consumption.  ~~ Courtesy of Edward Nieh/MIT

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