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  • Dopamine helps to regulate the brain’s pleasure and reward system.
  • There at the desk, in my musty armchair, I tried to anchor myself or at least take some kind of comfort in the faded silks and dimness of the shop, its bittersweet gloom like rainy dark classrooms of childhood, but the dopamine slam had dropped me hard and left me with the pre-tremblings of something that felt very like death —a sadness you felt in your stomach first, beating on the inside of the forehead, all the darkness I’d shut out roaring back in.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Nicotine appears to do exactly the same thing with the other two key neurotransmitters — dopamine and norepinephrine.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • In the case of schizophrenia, research points to a biological brain disorder involving any number of abnormalities—including irregular function of a neurotransmitter called dopamine—that could create hallucinations and distort reality.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist

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  • It defined for me exactly how crank scours the brain’s pleasure center, scrubbing away dopamine, adrenaline and other natural highs.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • "The dopamine that nicotine releases goes to the prefrontal cortex of the brain," explains Johnston.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • It increases your dopamine, so smokers don’t have the desire to smoke, then it replaces some of the norepinephrine, so they don’t have the agitation, the withdrawal symptoms.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • For example, depression is believed to be the result, at least in part, of a problem in the production of certain key brain chemicals, in particular the neurotransmitters known as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
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