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The mechanism of motivation.

What is it that makes us motivated? What's the brain mechanism of it? Let's bring our own knowledge and experience about motivation, and let's talk about them.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    In the case you are interested in the mechanism of motivation and the related dopamine functions, I have published a paper on this. Take a look: http://www.frontiersin.org/Human_Neuroscience/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00854/abstract

    November 26, 2013

  • Karen

    Great conversation with good hearted people.
    No pecking order here because thankfully those with attitude didn't bother to show up.
    Meeting place was good too because it was not too loud.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • David S.

    Yup I will be there...Are we motivated?

    October 21, 2013

  • Kathy

    Sorry can't attend.

    October 21, 2013

  • Colleen

    I wonder how the HPA axis comes into play. The psychoneuroendocrinology of motivation is very intriguing.

    October 21, 2013

  • ana lucia m.

    How to motivate adults in a training program?

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    When you get in to Andala Coffee House, take a left turn and go downstairs. We will be at the far end of the basement.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In the striatum (putamen and caudate of the basal ganglia) the dendritic spines of the medium spiny neurons (the majority of neurons in the striatum) are the target of the dopamine release. Also the spines of these medium spiny neurons are the target of the cerebral cortical neurons. According to a theory, it is at these spines (among many others) where the learning happens. Depending on the motivational state, dopamine strengthens or weakens the learning property at these spines and these learned differences become reflected in our motivated behavior. It is a difficult concept to explain in short writing. I will try to explain this in simple language with illustrations, at our meetup.

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location to Andala Coffee House

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    September 23, 2013

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