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Is Hypnotizability Genetic?

In this episode, we discuss a 2006 study that connects hypnotizability to certain genes that work with dopamine.  You can read the report here.

Neuroscience Series

What is Dopamine? Reward, Learning, and Flexibility

Dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for reward-based learning. It’s involved in compulsive behaviors and wanting (anticipation, craving) but not liking (pleasure).  Dopamine is made in the Substantia Nigra. dopamine pathway problems include addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia.   My favorite explanation of the function of dopamine is the following: “We suggest that interposed between input […]