Definition of dopamine
: a monoamine C8H11NO2 that is a decarboxylated form of dopa and that occurs especially as a neurotransmitter in the brain
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When anticipating a meal, the brain exudes dopamine, a feel-good neurochemical that enhances mood.
Opioid medications bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions, driving up levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine in the brain's reward areas and producing an intense feeling of euphoria.
According to the Post, Farnum started researching the side effects of smartphones, and discovered that using too much technology at a young age can reportedly affect brain development, impair social skills, and lead to a dopamine reliance.
Research has shown that impair brain development, hinder social skills and trigger an unhealthy reliance on the neurotransmitter dopamine, a high similar to what drug and alcohol addicts feel.
Interestingly, social media has helped drive the debasement, as Selfie Nation’s frenzied pursuit of that dopamine rush of recognition pushes people to put aside rules in favor of the best Instagram picture.
Aames is a man lost in his own head, replacing one source of dopamine release with another.
Music can encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, which boosts our mood.
Dawn Maslar, a Kaplan University biologist has studied the effect that hormones such as dopamine can have on our brains.
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Origin and Etymology of dopamine
dopa + amine
First Known Use: 1959See Words from the same year
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