The Dopamine Connection (The Infinite Mind instant audio download)
Dopamine Connection Sex, gambling, drug use, extreme sports. Behind ALL these thrills lurks a brain chemical called dopamine. In this episode of the national, weekly public radio series, The Infinite Mind, we explore the connection between the complex inner working of the brain and our moods, behaviors, and, even, personalities. We look at the science that answers questions like: What is free will? What is the chemistry of love, and does knowing it change how we understand the idea of love? Why does cocaine feel so good? And why do some people like roller coasters and others hate them? Plus, we report on a fascinating study that shows a link between the dopamine medications given for Parkinson's disease and compulsive gambling. Guests include Dr. Daniel Weinberger, chief of the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health; Dr. Hans Breiter, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an expert in brain imaging; Dr. Helen Fisher, author of Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love; and Mark Decena, the director and co-writer of Dopamine, the movie.Hosted by Dr. Fred Goodwin and produced by the Peabody Award winning Lichtenstein Creative Media .