Speaker: Merridee Lefner, PhD
Topic: NEUROBIOLOGY OF MOTIVATED BEHAVIOR
Why exactly does “absence make the heart grow fonder?” The winning team of researchers Merridee Lefner and Matthew Wanat (The University of Texas at San Antonio) are analyzing the neurobiology of motivated behavior. How does dopamine work in influencing our responses to rewards and avoiding negative outcomes? If we wait longer for something we desire, do we want it more and if so, why?