On Monday March 21, 2014, Dr Joseph Maroon will lecture at the first annual seminar presented by the PATH Foundation located in New York City that will focus on how the human brain functions to reward. The seminar will feature a Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist, celebrity Suzanne Somers and the former Governor of New York David Paterson, in addition to seminar host Dr Eric Braverman and other prominent scientists.
The topics discussed will provide insight and report on the latest research as to how humans actions are influenced by a neurochemical in our brain called dopamine. Dopamine plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. Specifically this chemical is released by our brain as a reward causing pleasure for certain actions. Thus those actions humans find pleasurable are due in part to the release of dopamine. Every type of reward that has been studied increases the level of dopamine in the brain, and is therefore linked to addictive drugs and behaviors.
Dr Maroon will discuss brain concussion in athletes and how the consequences of brain trauma can result in a host of conditions. Ranging from post-concussion syndrome to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the latest research indicates brain trauma can also alter the function and supply of dopamine. Deficiencies in dopamine supply and function in the brain may be responsible for some of the behavioral changes that have been reported in former contact sports athletes with prior history of brain trauma.
The general public is invited to attend this seminar. Learn More Here:
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