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Dopamine Increases a Value-Independent Gambling Propensity.

Rigoli, F; Rutledge, RB; Chew, B; Ousdal, OT; Dayan, P; Dolan, RJ; (2016) Dopamine Increases a Value-Independent Gambling Propensity. Neuropsychopharmacology , 41 (11) pp. 2658-2667. 10.1038/npp.2016.68. Green open access

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Abstract

Although the impact of dopamine on reward learning is well documented, its influence on other aspects of behavior remains the subject of much ongoing work. Dopaminergic drugs are known to increase risk-taking behavior, but the underlying mechanisms for this effect are not clear. We probed dopamine's role by examining the effect of its precursor L-DOPA on the choices of healthy human participants in an experimental paradigm that allowed particular components of risk to be distinguished. We show that choice behavior depended on a baseline (ie, value-independent) gambling propensity, a gambling preference scaling with the amount/variance, and a value normalization factor. Boosting dopamine levels specifically increased just the value-independent baseline gambling propensity, leaving the other components unaffected. Our results indicate that the influence of dopamine on choice behavior involves a specific modulation of the attractiveness of risky options-a finding with implications for understanding a range of reward-related psychopathologies including addiction.

Type: Article
Title: Dopamine Increases a Value-Independent Gambling Propensity.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.68
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/npp.2016.68
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493743
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