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    What are the divisions of the brain that research psychologists are most interested in? Describe what divisions of the brain one might be interested in researching?

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    The brain has many areas which are more specialized than others for certain functions - this is not to say that there is necessarily a "center" for certain functions. However, areas like the ventral tegmental area and the nucleus accumbens, for example, are more involved in processes of reward than others. These two areas are prime examples of brain regions that interest psychologists since reward mechanisms underlie the fundamental processes behind addictions.

    Addictions typically come about when the addictive behavior or substance primes the individual with rewarding feelings, and influences a conscious desire to perform behaviors that give off this rewarding feeling. This is exacerbated by the fact that physiological changes happen such that the brain adapts to having so much stimulus - receptors for certain neurotransmitters become more sparse and sometimes neurotransmitter release is decreased as well. This means that unless the addictive substance/behavior ...

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    The divisions of the brain that research psychologist are most interested in. The divisions of the brain which one might be interested in researching is described.