What Does Dopamine Actually Do?

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Dopamine is a famous chemical. It holds a prized position in the annals of popular science as the “reward” drug. Countless articles refer to the latest studies of foods, sex and exercise as boosting dopamine, and, by implication, pleasure. But is this characterization correct? What does dopamine actually do?

In the past two decades, research on the role of dopamine in the brain has proceeded apace. A key finding is that dopamine is not the “reward” chemical, at least not in the way that the media would have us
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