Reward circuitry and memory

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Is there any connection between the neurochemical changes and either the memory of the interaction that led to the changes or memory of the changes themselves? It seems there must be some connection as some reward circuitry purpose is to make us observe, recall, and seek what is important. But is that recall in our memory or somewhere else? If it is memory based, can the memory trigger an ongoing neurochemical drip? Do we store the memory of the interaction and later high, low, soothing, etc. feeling together or separately?

Could we remember more if we triggered the reward circuits during memory writing? Can we actively control what is stored in memory to lessen the hangover or ongoing memory-based drip?

I've noticed that the most

I've noticed that the most positive experiences in my life I remember to the exact date and sometimes even time, and that's saying something considering the amount of negative energy and stress I've accumulated through self-"pleasuring". In short, Duh, of course memories are stronger when reward circuits are being triggered.

I'm pretty sure it is widely

I'm pretty sure it is widely accepted that partners grow closer from sharing sad moments than happy ones. Reward circuits do need to be triggered, but that doesn't require most of the reward we might be programmed to seek.

An alternate way of valuing rewards might be the memory intensity. Perhaps that's more accurate than the dopamine in front of us. The strange part of that is this could be contrary to living in the present. Or is that being more present by drawing on the balancing wisdom from past experience?