dopamine hypothesis


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dopamine hypothesis

[′dōp·ə‚mēn hī‚päth·ə·səs]
(medicine)
A theory that explains the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and other psychotic states as due to excesses in dopamine activity in various brain areas.
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The neuropsychopharmacology of phencyclidine: from NMDA receptor hypofunction to the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia.
Etiologic subtypes of attentiondeficit/ hyperactivity disorder: brain imaging, molecular genetic and environmental factors and the dopamine hypothesis.