According to scientists in the Laboratoire Neurosciences Paris-Seine (CNRS/UPMC/INSERM)1, mice will display their curiosity in a situation of uncertainty: they tend to explore their environment in order to comprehend it better. As a step on from this, the scientists have demonstrated the crucial role of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) in modulating these behaviors. Their findings may help us to clarify our understanding of certain psychiatric disorders. They were published on 18 January 2016 on the Nature Neuroscience website.
1This laboratory belongs to the Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine (IBPS). This team worked in collaboration with a CNRS/Institut Pasteur research team.
Nicotinic Receptors in the Ventral Tegmental Area promote Uncertainty-Seeking. J. Naudé, S. Tolu, M. Dongelmans, N. Torquet, S. Valverde, G. Rodriguez, S. Pons, U. Maskos, A. Mourot, F. Marti, P. Faure. Nature neuroscience. Mis en ligne le 18 janvier 2016.