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Effects of Working-Memory Training on Striatal Dopamine Release

Science  05 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6043, pp. 718
DOI: 10.1126/science.1204978

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Abstract

Updating of working memory has been associated with striato-frontal brain regions and phasic dopaminergic neurotransmission. We assessed raclopride binding to striatal dopamine (DA) D2 receptors during a letter-updating task and a control condition before and after 5 weeks of updating training. Results showed that updating affected DA activity before training and that training further increased striatal DA release during updating. These findings highlight the pivotal role of transient neural processes associated with D2 receptor activity in working memory.

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