Ventral tegmental area (VTA):

Ventral tegmental area represented by blue dot.

Ventral tegmental area represented by blue dot.

a midbrain structure that is rich in dopamine neurons. The VTA is part of the mesolimbic dopamine pathway and an important part of the "reward system."

Read more: Know your brain - Ventral tegmental area

Know your brain - Reward system

Watch this 2-Minute Neuroscience video to learn more about the ventral tegmental area.