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Dopaminergic America: Politics, Religion & Power

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Published on Aug 23, 2012

Power changes the brain triggering increased testosterone in both men and women. Testosterone and one of its by-products called 3-androstanediol, are addictive, largely because they increase dopamine in a part of the brain's reward system called the nucleus accumbens. Cocaine has its effects through this system also, and by hijacking our brain's reward system, it can give short-term extreme pleasure but leads to long-term addiction, with all that that entails.Unfettered power has almost identical effects.

Too much power - and hence too much dopamine - can disrupt normal cognition and emotion, leading to gross errors of judgment and imperviousness to risk, not to mention huge egocentricity and lack of empathy for others. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/92...

"Hyperreligiosity is a major feature of mania, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, temporal-lobe epilepsy and related disorders, in which the ventromedial dopaminergic systems are highly activated and exaggerated." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16...

Journal- Nature Neuroscience
http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v...

http://www.dopamineproject.org

US Copyright Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107

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