About the book
The discovery of dopamine in 1957 has dramatically influenced the field of neurosciences and has sparkled the interest of scientists ever since. Extensive research on cathecolamines, with dopamine in focus, has informed treatments for severe neurological and psychological disorders, by revealing the neurochemical mechanisms behind these disorders. Fascinating discoveries on the function of dopamine have shown its crucial role in a wide range of behaviors, from motivation to eat and drink to complex cognitive functions such as attention and cognitive control, as well as to complex behavioral phenomena and pathology like addiction and schizophrenic disorders. This book presents and critically discusses the state-of-the-art research in the dynamically evolving field on cathecolamines and their effects on health and pathology from a behavioral neuroscience perspective. Although it focuses on the cognitive behavioral effects of cathecolamines, attention is also paid to the neurochemical anatomy and function of adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine as it is their biofunction that elucidates their behavioral effects. As such, it will be of particular interest to researchers, scholars and students alike from the neurosciences field.