The Experience of Reward Increases Connectivity Between the Default Mode Network and Other Brain Regions

Study reveals how reward enhances connectivity between the ventral striatum and the default mode network, impacting behavior. Researchers used behavioral and neuroimaging data from 495 randomly selected individuals in the Human Connectome Project, an open access database of healthy participants. The strength of this connectivity correlated with personality characteristics relating to openness, Dr. Ekaterina Dobryakova and Dr. Robert Smith said. “Improving our understanding of the interaction of the DMN with other brain networks has the potential to aid clinical research into better treatments for common syndromes such as depression, substance abuse, and schizophrenia.

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