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Beer, Dopamine, and BRAIN SCANS!

Sci has a piece up at the Guardian today, talking about a recent flurry of news reports on beer and dopamine. Everyone, get read for MAJOR NEWS. Did you KNOW, that the TASTE of beer increases DOPAMINE!?!?!?Here's a hint.

April 19, 2013 — Scicurious

Brain Chemical Makes Good Glue

At the right pH, the hormone and neurotransmitter dopamine turns out to be a really good adhesive. Karen Hopkin reports.

October 19, 2007

Food Fix

Overeating may be a self-medication attempt by dopamine-deprived brains

December 1, 2008 — Melinda Wenner

What is dopamine? And Can Being a bookworm help your brain

Sci has a piece over at Slate today! I hear a lot of "dopamine is love", "dopamine is lust", "dopamine is addiction", "dopamine is...". The reality? Dopamine is FAR more complex, and more wonderful than that.

July 3, 2013 — Scicurious

Dopamine goggles make the glass half full

When it comes down to it, most humans are pretty optimistic. Yeah, we know the Titanic sank, but our boat is better. We know that driving a car is really pretty dangerous, but we're more careful, it won't happen to us.

February 11, 2013 — Scicurious

Aggression Is Its Own Reward

Mice will engage in behavior that brings an intruder into a cage to be attacked--the mice appear to find increased dopamine levels associated with the aggression to be rewarding. Steve Mirsky explains, with reporting by Harvey Black.

January 18, 2008

Editor's Selections: Bubble Bursting, Deja Vu, and a Dopamine Explainer

Here are my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week. "[The] ability for other people's emotional expressions to affect our own risk taking - a form of 'social referencing' - is surprisingly under researched in psychology." This, according to BPS Research Digest blogger Christian Jarrett: Bursting Balloons and Anxious Faces.

February 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Parkinson's is much more than dopamine

...and much more than motor symptoms. A colleague handed me this paper, not just as an interesting aspect of Parkinson's, but as somewhat supportive paper for the role of serotonin in depression.

June 25, 2012 — Scicurious

Sleep Deprived? Mind your dopamine.

Most of us will suffer sleep deprivation at one time or another. I'm not talking our usual state of broken sleep, 5 hours a night, or something else.

June 4, 2012 — Scicurious