Asked by Xandria Hosely on Feb 18, 2024



Discuss how cocaine is able to provide a feeling of reward and pleasure.


Neurotransmitter in the brain, excess amounts of which have been thought to cause schizophrenia.

  • Exploring the role of dopamine in the experience of reward and pleasure.
  • Investigating the impact of cocaine on the reuptake of dopamine in the brain.
  • Understanding the mechanism of action of cocaine on the brain's reward system.

Verified Answer

Jessica Demieville

Feb 18, 2024

Final Answer :
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▪ Cocaine activates those areas of the brain that register reward and pleasure.
▪ Dopamine-Normally, a pleasurable event releases dopamine into the synapses in reward and pleasure areas of the brain.Cocaine blocks the reuptake of dopamine into the transmitting neuron, causing it to accumulate in the synapse.The rapid, strong effects of cocaine on the brain's reward centers make this substance more likely than most to lead to a stimulant use disorder.