Filed under Dopamine & Behavior

Preying in the Name of God

Preying in the Name of God

Exorcism, Deliverance, and Neurological Disorders TRIGGER WARNING – Suicide – EXPLICIT CONTENT Since her first night home from the hospital, K had kept everyone up nearly every night.  V and her mother, who was visiting from out-of-town, were in the living room reminiscing  while V lovingly cradled K, her eleven day old daughter.  V’s husband, … Continue reading

The Three R’s – Religion, Recognition, Reward

The Three R’s – Religion, Recognition, Reward

This analysis is quite interesting and serves to challenge us about the subconscious motives behind religious beliefs.   Studies show that cultural and behavioral predispositions are linked to chemicals in our brain, such as dopamine.  One of the most important functions of dopamine is in the reward system of the brain, the nucleus accumbens (NAcc). … Continue reading

Semantic Dehumanization and Violence

Semantic Dehumanization and Violence

Listed here are many scriptures of dehumanization and violence against women. What’s behind this behavior, and other forms of dehumanization and violence towards the female gender?  A comprehensive study, by William Brennan, Ph.D, exposes a dark history of beliefs, practices, and attitudes that continue to prevail throughout many cultures in the 21st Century. Female Objects … Continue reading

Neurobiology of Religious Terrorism

Neurobiology of Religious Terrorism

| Todd Murphy, Behavioral Neuroscientist | Understanding the mind of a suicidal terrorist is a special challenge in psychology. Not only do their actions show a highly aggressive personality, but their motivations seem to outweigh even the imperative for self-preservation. The profile of the suicide bomber is not at all simple. We think of them … Continue reading

What Culture Can Do To The Brain

What Culture Can Do To The Brain

Is it true that our biology has become mismatched to the world that surrounds our biology?  Are we no longer a well-adapted organism, and therefore natural selection dooms us as a species?    The following are excerpts by Norman Holland, Ph.D., from an article he wrote for Psychology Today.  |  We Humans Have a Fatal Biology … Continue reading

Dopamine Jackpot – Anticipating Reward

Dopamine Jackpot – Anticipating Reward

Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, compares dopamine levels in monkeys and humans. Unlike monkeys however, humans keep those dopamine levels up for decades waiting for the reward. Full video here US Copyright Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107

Hormone from Hell?

Hormone from Hell?

|  1K pharm  |  Dopamine is a small molecule. Nothing too complicated really. Two neighboring hydroxy groups on a benzene ring with an amino group just around the corner. But, oh! What a molecule. It is a neurotransmitter produced in various parts of the brain and has five known target receptors. According to the Wikipedia … Continue reading

Media, Children & Novelty Seekers

Media, Children & Novelty Seekers

Dopamine addiction is an overlooked problem..  Dopamine is the most addictive substance on the planet, a neurotransmitter produced in our own body. This TEDx video (Media and Children), by Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician, parent, and researcher,  shows young mice taking risks after being exposed to TV,  6 hours a day,  for 42 days. The mice continued … Continue reading

TV & Brain Development in Children

TV & Brain Development in Children

  |  Dr. Sheikh Arshad Saeed  |  Children, aged 11 to 15, now spend 55 per cent of their waking lives — 53 hours a week, seven-and-a-half hours a day — watching TV and computers. More than half the three-year-olds now have a TV set in their bedrooms. However, biological sciences are fast becoming the … Continue reading