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Behavioral neurochemistry: neuroregulators and behavioral states

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Science  26 May 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4344, pp. 964-973
DOI: 10.1126/science.25486


There is compelling evidence that behavioral events after neurochemical function and that altered neurochemical function can change behavior. Such processes have been related both to neurotransmitters and to neuromodulators, together termed neuroregulators. Available research tools and theoretical constructs have begun to permit studies of certain types of behavior, primarily those related to emotional states and drives. This work is changing long-held concepts about severe mental disorders and the treatment of them.