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How does the dopamine system set expectations?

The dopaminergic reward system not only responds to the presence of rewards, it learns which cues signal reward and which do not. Therefore the reward circuitry is centrally involved with setting expectations. It is in the business of distinguishing which cues do and do not signal reward and in priming us to pursue a reward when it detects a relevant cue.


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