Category: Mesolimbic Dopamine System

The Reward and Liking Systems

The Dopamine of Politics: The Reward and Liking Systems


Reading time: 6 minutes
What are the reward and liking systems that I keep hearing so much about? They are an example of brain systems that have done an amazing job and are getting recognized more and more, I notice. So, how do they influence our politics? Inquiring minds want to know.

Dopamine of Trump Rallies

The Dopamine of Politics: Trump Rallies


Reading Time: 5 minutes
What on earth could compel someone to attend one of Trump’s superspreader events? Why on earth would Trump hold one? Other than the obvious, he’s a narcissist, and they’re all gaslit, there are powerful brain circuits involved in compelling these self-destructive and foolish behaviors.

Persuasive Design Fox News

Persuasive Design or How Fox News Perverted Your Parents


Ever wondered how Fox News does it? Persuasive Design goes a long way to explaining how they keep your parents, friends, and neighbors enthralled. Don’t fear, though. I have divided the post into three successive parts: the Quick Dip, the Shallow Dive, and the Deep Dive. Each is an extension of the last so you can read as much or as little as you like and still get something you can use.

Trump’s Anger Drives Down Impeachment Polling


Real live controlled psychological studies have demonstrated that angry reactions to accusations result in higher status being given to white men! Not so much to women and the not-whites (could be a band name, amirite?). What does that tell us about the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s strategy for resisting Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to probe him?

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