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Vanderbilt University neuroscience researchers received publicity last year for cutting-edge publications.

Zald et al. (2008) was covered internationally for the suggestion that a decrease in D2-like receptors in the human midbrain were responsible for risk-taking and novelty-seeking behaviors (BBC News; ABC News; ScienceNews.org; see “Getting the Dopamine Rush” on the next page).

Mazei-Robison et al. was also covered extensively for characterizing a mutation in the human dopamine transporter that may lead to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and that responds to amphetamine in an unusual way (Science Magazine; NPR News; Vanderbilt Reporter; see “DAT Leak: A link to ADHD” on the next page).