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Chronic Inflammation Removes Motivation by Reducing Dopamine in the Brain

Thomas, L. (2019, June 5). Chronic Inflammation Removes Motivation by Reducing Dopamine in the Brain. News Medical Life Sciences. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20190605/Chronic-inflammation-removes-motivation-by-reducing-dopamine-in-the-brain.aspx

Why do we feel listless when we are recovering from an illness? The answer is, apparently, that low-grade chronic inflammation interferes with the dopaminergic signaling system in the brain that motivates us to do things. Here are the details on the research done that contributed to this discovery.

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  1. Treadway M. T. et al., (2019). Can’t or Won’t? Immunometabolic Constraints on Dopaminergic Drive. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2019.03.003