LIBC Sylvius Lectures

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Cancelled: Kent Berridge, University of Pennsylvania



Brain generators of delight and desire



Date & Time: March 26th, 2020, 3.30 pm 
Location: Faculty of Social Sciences, Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, room SB11 



image.1581349425864 2Liking (delight) and wanting (desire) usually go together for pleasant rewards, but turn out to have separable brain mechanisms.  Addictions may arise from this liking/wanting separation.  ‘Liking’ is generated by a surprisingly frail and tiny network of hedonic hotspots in brain limbic structures.  ‘Wanting' for the same 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 relation between liking, wanting, and fear systems has further implications for understanding clinical disorders beyond addiction, including depression and schizophrenia. 


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