Tag: Dopamine

Dopamine Makes Us Smarter Than Apes: Other Ways 'Happy Hormone' Makes Us Human

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

Dopamine Is The Reason Why Humans Are So Unique From Other Animals

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

Is Your Decision-Making Influenced By What You Ate For Breakfast?

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

Brain Can Be Rewired To Make Better Choices, Says Award-Winning Study

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

Obesity And Inactivity: Study Uses Mouse Model To Show Why Obese Individuals Have Low Motivation To Move

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

Researchers Find Connection Between Feel-Good Hormone Dopamine And Ability To Recognize Faces

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

Good Food Puts Bees In Good Mood

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

Lower Dopamine Levels May Explain Why Older People Take Less Risks

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

Craving For Junk Food? You're Likely Bored

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

Commonly Prescribed Parkinson's Drugs Up Risk Of Compulsive Gambling, Shopping, Binge Eating, Hyper Sexuality

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

Different Brain Circuits Respond Differently To Eating Sweets

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

High-Reward Memories Prioritized During Memory Replay

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

Why Quitting Bad Habits Is Hard: Our Brain Is Wired To Sabotage Self Control

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

Flashing Lights, Music Turn Rats Into Problem Gamblers With Riskier Choices

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

Designer Dopamine Neurons From Skin Cells May Help With Parkinson's Treatment

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

Dopamine-Regulating Gene Affects Smokers' Ability To Quit Smoking: Study

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 Say New Drug For Alcohol Addiction One Step Closer To Reality

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

Normalizing Dopamine Level In Alcoholic's Brain May Curb Booze Addiction

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

Here’s How A Diabetes Drug Can Help Curb Alcohol Addiction

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

Caterpillar Dopes Ants And Turns Tiny Creatures To Obedient Zombie Servants

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

Schizophrenia Alters Dopamine Neurons: How Can This Help Design Treatment Therapy?

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

Patients Respond to 'Expensive' Drug Better Than 'Cheap' One: Study on Human Perception Reveals

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 may help people with Parkinson's disease

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

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