Research published by New King’s College London shows that adults born prematurely and who also suffered from small brain injuries have lower levels of dopamine in the brain.
This difference in dopamine levels is linked to a lack of motivation and changes to attention and concentration – factors which can be signs of more serious mental health issues such as substance dependence and depression.
The research is important in terms of treatment of persons who suffered early brain damage and who later on develop mental illness. The findings also help in terms of identifying preventive approaches for persons born prematurely.
Read more about this study in this ScienceDaily article: