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Neurons that project to the ventral tegmental area (in blue) - a brain region associated with pleasure and reward - receive, in turn, projections from neurons in the spinal cord (in red) that themselves receive touch input, revealing a direct skin-to-brain circuit for pleasurable touch in mice. (credit: Abdus-Saboor Lab/Zuckerman Institute​​​​​​​).

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