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  • adj. Of or pertaining to tegmentum or the ventral portion of the mesencephalon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a tegument or tegmentum

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the tegmentum.


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  • The other region central to the "love response" is the ventral tegmental area, also a key component of the brain's reward circuitry and home to cells that manufacture dopamine, the neurotransmitter that enables obsessive focus, feelings of elation and even mania.

    Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.: The Biochemistry Of Love's Ecstasy And Agony

  • Having established our respect for the medial forebrain specifically its ventral tegmental area, Linden explains the exact pleasure processes involved in drugs, food, sex, gambling and generosity.

    Pleasure by David Linden - review

  • In the obese women, the images triggered a strong response in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a tiny spot in the midbrain where dopamine, the "desire chemical," is released.

    Eating to Live or Living to Eat?

  • Both glucocorticoids and addictive drugs stimulate cells in a part of the brain called the ventral tegmental area (which sits atop the brainstem), to release the neurotransmitter dopamine.

    Thea Singer: Stress and Addiction -- How to Cope

  • The ventral tegmental area is a clump of cells that make dopamine, a natural stimulant, and sends it out to many brain regions [when one is in love]. ...

    Therese Borchard: 12 Ways To Recover From An Emotional Affair

  • Deep in the brain, there are areas called the nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental area, also known as the “pleasure centers.”


  • The brain operates on a reward system in which the ventral tegmental area VTA and nucleus accumbens, termed “pleasure centers,” release dopamine into the frontal cortex.


  • She says that when we're passionate about a person, the "ventral tegmental" area in the primitive part of our brains activates the same part that is activated by cocaine, by the way.

    Sustainable: WIDE ANGLE: Hot for Mama Earth

  • We found activity in a tiny little factory near the base of the brain called the ventral tegmental area.

    Helen Fisher studies the brain in love

  • They found robust activity in a brain region called the ventral tegmental area, which is rich in dopamine, a brain chemical connected to feelings of pleasure.

    Keeping Love Alive


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