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In a study of the mechanisms underlying associative memory--or the ability to learn and remember connections between inherently unrelated things--neuroscientists Kei Igarashi, Jasmine Chavez, and others presented mice with memory tests. The team discovered that fan cells, a type of cell found in the medial temporal lobe of the brain, are necessary for the acquisition of new associative memories. They also found that fan cell activity requires dopamine, a chemical the brain produces in response to pleasure and rewards. Consequently, receiving a reward should likely help to _________
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decrease an individual's capacity to utilize dopamine.


increase an individual's capacity to recognize differences between unrelated things.


increase an individual's capacity to form associative memories.


decrease an individual's capacity to create fan cells.

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