Dopamine

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Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays many important rolls in both the brain and body.1

Dopamine “is a neurotransmitter, one of those chemicals that is responsible for transmitting signals in between the nerve cells (neurons) of the brain. Very few neurons actually make dopamine. “2

Because it is such an important part of the brain’s pleasure centers, dopamine is involved in both motivation and learning.3

Dopamine plays a big part in our lives:

Habits are a dopamine-driven feedback loop. Every behavior that is highly habit-forming—taking drugs, eating junk food, playing video games, browsing social media—is associated with higher levels of dopamine. The same can be said for our most basic habitual behaviors like eating food, drinking water, having sex, and interacting socially. For years, scientists assumed dopamine was all about pleasure, but now we know it plays a central role in many neurological processes, including motivation, learning and memory, punishment and aversion, and voluntary movement.

James Clear4

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Notes

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/mouse-man/200904/what-is-dopamine
  3. http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/23320-dopamine-new-theory-integrates-its-role-in-learning-motivation
  4. Clear, James. Atomic Habits (p. 106). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
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