Ball-and-stick model of the dopamine molecule, a neurotransmitter that affects the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Credit: Jynto/Wikipedia

Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have recorded real time changes in dopamine and serotonin levels in the human brain that are involved with perception and decision-making. These same neurochemicals also are critical to movement disorders and psychiatric conditions, including substance abuse and depression.

Their findings are published in the Oct. 12 edition of the journal Neuron.

“This study provides us a unique window into the that has been inaccessible until now,” said principal investigator Kenneth T. Kishida,