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How Dopamine is Released

Related: Dopamine

Neurons communicate with each other by vomiting bubbles of substances. This substance makes them more electrically active or vice-versa.

There are 2 types of dopamine release:

  • Synaptic which is considered local and involves a small number of neurons
  • Volumetric - broad release which may involve hundreds of neurons.

Dopamine is released not just at the exact moment of "goal achievement", but gradually while we are approaching the goal. As if it is pointing us to it.

See also: Dopamine is not a reward for your achievements