Will Faught

July 2023

Dopamine Nation

The numbers of how things affect the release of dopamine.

Matthew Vere summarizes the book Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke: The neurotransmitter dopamine plays a crucial role in the brain’s reward processing, with studies showing that it contributes more to the motivation for rewards than to the pleasure of receiving them. For a rat in a box, chocolate increases the release of dopamine by 55%, sex by 100%, nicotine by 150%, cocaine by 225%, and amphetamines, the active ingredient in speed, meth, MDMA, and Adderall (used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy) by 1000%.

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Will Faught

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