We all have different interests. You, for example, may be incredibly interested and fascinated by space and the future, whereas your best friend may be more inclined to research historical events and where we as a species have come from. It’s perfectly normal, and to say you’re not interested in the same subjects as your friends, in no way makes you ‘wrong’. But have you ever wondered why you’re naturally able to place more of your attention and focus – and even have a greater emotional response – to topics and hobbies that you are interested in?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it all comes down to what happens in your brain, and the signals it sends to your body, to give you that heightened emotional response. More specifically, it’s all to do with the release of dopamine. Dopamine is what is known as a neurotransmitter – or perhaps even more specifically, according to Andrew Huberman at least, a neuromodulator – and, as we likely already know, is referred to as a chemical of pleasure, because it feels fantastic when it’s released by the brain.
Certain drugs, for example, are known to dramatically increase the levels of dopamine released by the brain, making us feel like we’re on top of the world, or have increased levels of confidence, when we take them. Although, if we take too much of these drugs, which in turn releases even greater quantities of dopamine, we can go past the point of pleasure and start to suffer from heightened anxiety. This can also…
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