Mesolimbic pathway:

portion of the mesolimbic dopamine pathway that connects the ventral tegmental area and nucleus accumbens shown in blue.

portion of the mesolimbic dopamine pathway that connects the ventral tegmental area and nucleus accumbens shown in blue.

major dopamine pathway that begins in the ventral tegmental area and connects the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex. The mesolimbic pathway is thought to be especially important to mediating pleasure and rewarding experiences.

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2-Minute Neuroscience: Reward System

2-Minute Neuroscience: Ventral Tegmental Area

Know your brain: Reward system

Know your brain: Ventral tegmental area

Know your brain: Nucleus accumbens