... according to research published in the journal Current Biology, "by tinkering with levels of dopamine in the brain, researchers were able to influence people's future decisions in a reliable, predictable way." In a study of "61 healthy volunteers," researchers from the Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging at University College London found that "when dopamine is present during an imagined event…it still influences how much pleasure the brain will expect from it in the future." Notably, "the presence of dopamine didn't make participants feel any happier at the time they took it."
uit: Can Dopamine make your future look brighter?
The findings suggest that when dopamine is present during an imagined event — that is, even when you're not actually experiencing it in person — it still influences how much pleasure the brain will expect from it in the future. Researchers think the extra shot of dopamine may aid learning — that is, it boosts your brain's learned association between pleasure and whatever experience you're thinking about at the time. Or perhaps, the authors speculate, the extra dopamine makes us simply want something more while we're imagining it. In other words, it would be useful to have a bit of L-DOPA handy now, while you're preparing for your future visit to the in-laws' over the holidays.
Lijkt me een handige manier om iemands attitude, ten aanzien van een bepaald idee, een klein beetje te manipuleren zodat ze wat meer overeenkomt met de jouwe... Door vooraf gewoon een snuifje Dopamine in z'n koffie op te lossen...