How do scientists detect neurotransmitter firings. Like which scanning procedures do they do to track how much or when neurotransmitters like acetylcholine or dopamine are firing. MRI or i found somewhere voltammetry. So what's the main ways they track them.
Custom made polymers, or light nanoparticles. Neurotransmitters (dopamine, L-dopa, noradrenaline and adrenaline) can effectively function as active reducing agents for generating gold nanoparticles, which result in enhanced light scattering signals. The strong light scattering of gold nanoparticles then allows the quantitative detection of the neurotransmitters simply by using a common spectrofluorometer. In particular, Au-nanoparticle seeds were added to facilitate the growth of nanoparticles, which was found to enhance the sensing performance greatly. Using this light scattering technique based on the seed-mediated growth of gold nanoparticles, detection limits of 4.4 × 10-7 M, 3.5 × 10-7 M, 4.1 × 10-7 M, and 7.7 × 10-7 M were achieved for dopamine, L-dopa, noradrenaline and adrenaline, respectively. The present strategy can be extended to detect other biologically important molecules in a very fast, simple and sensitive way, and may have potential applications in a wide range of fields.
they've got a fancy degree in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuropsychopharmacology which is the longest name for something you can get a degree in which I can think of
wow ... I fell very non-intelegent right now