Medial forebrain bundle (MFB)
Ventral tegmental area (VTA)
Nucleus accumbens (NAcc)
Feng Zhou-yan et al (2007) A remote control training system for rat navigation in complicated environment. A wireless MFB and whisker sensory cortex stimulator for rat remote control.
Fiorino et al (1993) Electrical stimulation of reward sites in the VTA increases DA transmission in the NAcc of the rat.
Gallistel & Leon (1991) Measuring the subjective magnitude of BSR by titration with rate of reward.
Mark & Gallistel (1993) Subjective reward magnitude of medial forebrain stimulation as a function of train duration and pulse frequency.
Gallistel et al (1991) Effect of current on the maximum possible reward.
Sax & Gallistel (1991) Characteristics of spatiotemporal integration in the priming and rewarding effects of medial forebrain bundle stimulation.
BSR professor of the day
Randy Gallistel of Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Stemmy (2004) Biography of Charles R Gallistel.
Gallistel (2004) Foraging for brain stimulation: toward a neurobiology of computation.
Gallistel et al (2004) The learning curve: implications of a quantitative analysis. Argues that the 'learning curve' is not smooth but abrupt.
In other articles
Kapogiannis (2008) Reward-related activity in the human motor cortex.
Meeusen et al (2006) Central Fatigue: The Serotonin Hypothesis and Beyond. Very cool, seems buildup of serotonin is generally believed to make you tired during exercise. This paper emphasises a paralel decline in the concentration of catecholamines.
Discham et al (2005) Neurobiology of exercise. General paper on the beneficial effects of exercise on brain function. Go run.