Asian-Australians hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic

More than four in five Asian-Australians say they have experienced instances of discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic, new analysis from The Australian National University (ANU) shows. In a survey of more than 3,000 people, 84.5% of Asian-Australians reported at least one instance of discrimination between January and October 2020. This…

Nucleus accumbens recruited by cocaine, sugar are different

Nucleus accumbens in the brain play a central role in the risk-reward circuit. Their operation is based chiefly on three essential neurotransmitters: dopamine, which promotes desire; serotonin, whose effects include satiety and inhibition; and glutamate, which drives goal-directed behaviors and responses to reward-associated cues and contexts. In a study using…