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Cupcakes Are The New Cocaine

Vaughan Bell vents: Anything that is either overused, pleasurable or has become vaguely associated with the dopamine system is compared to cocaine. In fact, here is a list of things claimed to be as addictive as the illegal nose powder...
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Dopamine isn't "the pleasure chemical"

Odd : Boing Boing (2 years ago)

Vaughan Bell is one of the best neuroscience writers out there. In a piece at The Guardian, he explains what, exactly, the chemical dopamine is doing in our brains and why we do it a major disservice by associating it solely with ad... Read Post

Tiny Wireless Device Generates Reward In Mouse Model: Implications For Sleep, Depression, Addiction, Anxiety

Health : Medical News Today (last year)

Using a miniature electronic device implanted in the brain, scientists have tapped into the internal reward system of mice, prodding neurons to release dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure. The researchers, at Washington Un... Read Post

As addictive as cupcakes

Academics / Neuroscience : Mind Hacks (2 years ago)

If I read the phrase “as addictive as cocaine” one more time I’m going to hit the bottle. Anything that is either overused, pleasurable or has become vaguely associated with the dopamine system is compared to cocaine. In fact, here ... Read Post


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