Humans are more intelligent than other primates possibly because they produce more dopamine. Here are other ways the brain signalling chemical influences human characteristics and behavior:
Neuroscience November 26, 2017
For years, scientists have asked the same question over and over. What makes the human brain so different from other species on Earth? Well, perhaps it’s dopamine.
Neuroscience November 24, 2017
Researchers revealed that the amount of carbohydrates and proteins in one's breakfast may affect decision making throughout the day. However, the study's results did not conclusively prove the link and more research was needed.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 15, 2017
Our behavior and decisions are greatly influenced by dopamine, a brain chemical that associates different actions with pleasure. By using the brain’s reward system, we can learn more about compulsive behaviors and possibly correct them.
Neuroscience March 7, 2017
Is it inactivity that causes obesity or obesity that makes people turn into couch potatoes? It’s a “chicken and egg” scenario that a recent study clarified using a mouse model.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 1, 2017
A new study has revealed the connection between the pleasure hormone, dopamine, and the brain's pathways of face recognition. This could bring new explanation on the cognitive reasoning of our social activity as an evolutionary survival mechanism.
Neuroscience October 5, 2016
New research suggested that dopamine-induced sucrose doses fed to bumblebees can improve their behavior and create a state comparable to humans' positive emotions, suggesting similar basic cognitive wirings.
Animals October 4, 2016
Older people are known to take fewer risks compared to when they were younger. Scientists believe this could be influenced by a reduction in the levels of dopamine in their brain.
Neuroscience June 5, 2016
People who are bored tend to crave unhealthy food such as sweets and chips, researchers have found. Why does being bored trigger cravings for junk food?
Healthy Living/Wellness May 1, 2016
A certain class of drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease has been linked to Impulsive control disorders that increase risk of compulsive gambling, shopping, eating etc.
LIFE April 9, 2016
Do you do it for the taste? You may find pleasure in eating sweets but your brain circuits have different definitions of what they find pleasurable when you consume treats.
LIFE March 29, 2016
Researchers have found that the brain may be filtering memories by retaining those it believes will result in a reward in the future. Their findings offer clues on how memory recall works.
LIFE February 13, 2016
Breaking bad habits and pushing through our New Year's resolutions is hard, but there may be a biological explanation as to why it is that way. Turns out, our brain is hardwired to sabotage our self-control.
LIFE February 12, 2016
A new rat study in Canada revealed that adding flashing lights and noises to gambling can encourage risky decision-making. Experts also said it was no accident that casinos are noisy and filled with too many lights.
Society January 21, 2016
Patients with Parkinson's disease may soon find relief as scientists were able to discover a way to make designer dopamine neurons. The technique is simpler than previous attempts and uses a widely available raw material: skin cells.
LIFE December 9, 2015
A new study found that a person's ability to quit smoking is influenced by a dopamine-regulating gene. The findings of the study are said to provide evidence of the genetic association present in smoking cessation behaviors.
LIFE December 2, 2015
Swedish researchers are developing a new drug designed to curb alcoholism. Based on separate studies on humans and rats, they found that a component they discovered can reduce alcohol cravings and normalize dopamine levels in the brain.
LIFE October 19, 2015
A new study in Sweden revealed that normalizing dopamine levels in an alcoholic’s brain may possibly help curb their booze addiction. Scientists have been working on an experimental drug that will reduce a person’s craving for alcohol.
LIFE October 16, 2015
Diabetes drug liraglutide has been shown to suppress the effects of alcohol on the dopamine system of the brain, reducing its pleasurable effect and decreasing the motivation to drink.
LIFE September 27, 2015
The caterpillar of the Japanese oakblue butterfly uses its sugary secretions to drug ants and turn them into slaves that would protect it from other predatory insects, according to scientists from Japan's Kobe University.
Earth/Environment August 1, 2015
Researchers in search of better understanding of negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Cognitive deficits and emotional impairments seen as determining long-term prognosis for sufferers.
LIFE February 18, 2015
Parkinson's disease patients who were made to believe they received a more expensive drug first tend to exhibit more improvements in motor skills.
LIFE January 29, 2015
Stem cell transplant in patients suffering with Parkinson's disease may help restore damaged and lost cells in the brain. Clinical trials on humans are expected to start in 2017.
LIFE November 7, 2014