Incentive motivational salience and the human brain

Jimmy Jensen, Henrik Walter

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In this paper the concept of incentive motivational salience is briefly described, pioneering studies on the subject of the mesolimbic motivational system are reviewed, and studies we have been involved in conducting which elaborate on this subject are discussed. In particular, we aim to show that the mesolimbic motivational system is recruited as a reaction to primary and secondary reinforcers as a function of salience, that is independent of valence. Furthermore, studies showing that both psychological and pharmacological interventions can affect the function of the mesolimbic motivational system and how its' dysfunction is related to psychopathological phenomena with an emphasis on psychosis are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages6
JournalRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Psychology (50101)


  • Motivation
  • imaging
  • salience
  • schizophrenia
  • ventral striatum


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