ventral tegmental area

noun

variants also ventral tegmentum
: an area of the midbrain lying adjacent to the substantia nigra that contains the cell bodies of dopaminergic neurons projecting especially to the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, and olfactory tubercle as part of the mesolimbic system
The critical circuit in the brain that underlies reward and reinforcement extends from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the midbrain to the nucleus accumbens … and uses dopamine as its major neurotransmitter …Steven E. Hyman, The Journal of the American Medical Association
The study is the first to illustrate that reward memories are created by chemical changes within a brain region called the ventral tegmental areaMike Oliver, The Birmingham (Alabama) News
abbreviation VTA

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“Ventral tegmental area.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/ventral%20tegmental%20area. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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