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Totally Addicted To: The Truth About Addictions Lakshmi Devan
21 Apr 2017Array min read

Is dopamine, the notorious neurotransmitter, really the culprit?

Dopamine is the most notorious of all brain chemicals. It’s fault? It’s related to pleasure, and that automatically connects it to everything ‘wild’ and ‘hedonistic’ – alcohol, drugs, sex, and cupcakes. The last one seemed a little out of place, eh? Well, sometime ago, The Sun did an article, where it stated that cupcakes could be as addictive as cocaine, by causing a surge of dopamine to the prefrontal cortex. True story. In fact, poor dopamine is so infamous that you could stick its name next to anything you don’t like and say it causes addiction, and the poor thing would be a goner. For example, you could say that beetroots cause a dopamine release in the {input a fancy name like primary somatosensory cortex here} and thus, can cause long-term addictions. That’s it, before you know it, beetroots will begin to get banned around the world. They would even feature beetroot addiction in an episode of Intervention, and make documentaries about it.

Dopamine: Guilty or not guilty?

But dopamine does so much more than just ‘turn people into addicts’. Inside the brain, it plays a role in executive functions, motor control, motivation, reinforcement, and secondary functions like lactation, sexual gratification, and nausea.  However, due to its role in stimulating lactation, men taking antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia can experience lactation in a few rare cases. Oh, I always have such fun facts to share! Anyhoo, back to dopamine and how I feel sorry for the needless hullabaloo around it.  Unfortunately, it is not so simple to establish whether dopamine is guilty or not. In the 1930s, when researchers first began to investigate addiction, they started out with the belief that addicts were somehow morally flawed or lacking in willpower. And so, overcoming an addiction, they thought, involved punishing these miscreants or, alternately, helping them develop the will to resist it. Thankfully, today science has made enough progress to recognise addiction as equivalent to a chronic disease, that changes the brain structure and function.

Understanding pleasure

The brain treats all pleasures in the same way, whether it be a satisfying meal, or a psychoactive drug. For the brain, pleasure only means one thing – a production of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens area of the brain, which is a rich assembly of nerve cells right under the cerebral cortex. Generally, substances like heroin cause an overwhelming rush of dopamine in this area. The addiction to a drug or an activity such as gambling would depend on the speed, intensity, and reliability of this release. The hippocampus lays down memory of this satisfaction, and thus starts the process of addiction. The latest theory states that dopamine interacts with glutamate, another neurotransmitter, to take over the brain centre for reward-related learning. It is this mechanism that is essential for our survival, encouraging us to eat and have sex.

Dopamine is more than the pleasure chemical

Dopamine’s role in pleasure ends after the first few times of addictive use. Many long-term addicts report to deriving little joy from their hit, but still feeling compelled to continue, because of the change in their brain function that ‘wants’ the source of ‘pleasure’, despite getting no more pleasure from it. Dopamine can also accumulate in the nucleus accumbens of people with post-traumatic stress disorder, when they are experiencing heightened vigilance and paranoia. In this case at least, dopamine isn’t just about addiction or reward. Activity in the nucleus accumbens also goes up when a gambler loses by a near miss, as much as when he wins.

So what gets my goat?

It gets my goat to see people simply ascribing the entire world’s problems to dopamine. Dopamine is more than just a pleasure chemical. And by spreading half information, we’re giving people wrong ideas about problems involving dopamine, such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder, that has nothing to do with scandals or raves. Secondly, simplifying an addiction to – “Oh, dopamine did it”, misleads people into wondering why a problem caused by it cannot be solved. But to answer the big question, yes, dopamine is related to addiction, to cupcakes, and to cocaine; to lust and love, and lactation; to movement, motivation, attention, and utter madness. Dopamine has a role in all of these, but it is none of these. Dopamine is more than just a single thing. Dopamine is here to remind us what a single molecule is capable of – making or breaking life.

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Bless You!: Everything You Didn’t Know About Sneezing Lakshmi Devan
20 Apr 2017Array min read

Has anyone ever sneezed without making that face?

Sneezing, or sternutation, has captured people’s imaginations for ages. Everyone seems to have a theory around it. In some Asian cultures, when you sneeze, it means someone is talking about you behind your back, while some old wives’ tales believe that it is bad luck for 2 people to sneeze at the same time. Did you know that your nose produces about 1-2 pints of mucus in a day? Yes, the mucus that you ever-so-nicely spray out till a distance of about 5 feet every time you sneeze. Experiencing a brain-sneeze because of all the facts? Bless you, because there’s more, and you’re going to enjoy this.

  1. Why do we sneeze? Sneezing is a reflex that comes into play when irritants or allergens like dust, dander, germs, pollen etc. infiltrate the nose lining.
  2. How do we sneeze? When such alien presence is detected in the nose, the brain triggers a signal to the body to get rid of it. As a result, the chest muscles tighten, and pressure builds. The tongue pushes up against the roof of the mouth, forcing breath to come out fast through the nose. Aaachhoo. Bless you.
  3. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia recently gave their 2 cents on why we sneeze. According to them, our body needs to reset the nasal environment every now and then, and sneezing is how we do it.
  4. Why do we just go on and on with the sneezes sometimes then? Why we end up sneezing multiple times, is why we sneeze in the first place. You sneeze to rid your nose of what's irritating it. And sometimes, it takes more than 1 sneeze to do it.
  5. We agree by now that sneezing is a reflex action. So when you're sleeping, the nerves involved in sneezing are relaxed, making sneezing impossible. What happens if irritants decide to do their job at this time, then? Well, then you wake up and sneeze.
  6. No, your heart does not skip a beat when you sneeze. The pressure in the chest changes while sneezing, thus altering blood flow and the rhythm of your heartbeat, making it seem like it skipped a beat. #mythbusted
  7. Donna Griffiths of Worcestershire, England, holds the record for the longest sneeze in the world. She sneezed continuously from January 13, 1981 (when she was 12) until September 16, 1983 — a total of 978 days. Nobody knows what made her start or stop.
  8. When you sneeze, air exits your nose at 100 miles per hour. The action of air coming out of your tiny nostrils in that speed is bound to make a sound, but the volume also depends on the size of your nostrils.
  9. Different people call out differently during a sneeze, depending on where they live. The English and Indians say ‘achoo’, the French say ‘atchoum’, Italians say ‘hapsu’, the Japanese say ‘hakushon’, and Swedes say ‘atjo’.  Cool, right?
  10. Lastly, there are 2 interesting stories behind why we say ‘God bless you’, when someone sneezes. There is one belief that when people sneeze, their souls are ejected out of the body. Hence, we say ‘God bless you’, to keep them safe from the demon lurking around, waiting hungrily for souls. Another theory is that in ancient Rome, 2 of the symptoms of the bubonic plague were coughing and sneezing. And so Pope Gregory VII recommended saying ‘God bless you’ to people after a sneeze, to protect them from falling sick.

Are you wondering what you're going to do after knowing so many random facts about a random body process? Duh, show off. Wait for people to sneeze, or even better – lure your friends into going to dusty places, and then use all these facts one by one, every time someone sneezes. You could even play 'guess the nationality' game by asking people to sneeze, and noticing what sound they make. You will look really cool, I swear...or maybe not. Either way, bless you!

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EQ Wise: Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Lakshmi Devan
19 Apr 2017Array min read

“There is, within the human heart, a quality of intelligence which has been known to surpass that attributed to the human mind.”

Have you ever taken an emotional quotient quiz online? Wikipedia says, “Emotional intelligence (EI) or emotional quotient (EQ) is the capacity of individuals to recognize their own, and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour.” Overall, emotionally intelligent individuals aren’t ruled by their thoughts or emotions; they are the master of them, and that enables them to live their lives with intention, purpose, and autonomy. Let me simplify that for you:

Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognise how you feel, understand why you feel like that, and manage those feelings wisely. Did you hear about the wife who stabbed her husband to death, after she caught him cheating? That, my friend, is a classic case of emotional mismanagement.

The term ‘emotional intelligence’ first appeared in a 1964 paper by Michael Beldoch, but it gained popularity only in 1995, after a book by that title was published, written by the author, psychologist, and science journalist Daniel Goleman. While the scientific community is divided on the EI front – whether EI actually exists and can be measured accurately, and whether or not it is a measure of a person’s success – they all agree that it definitely improves with age.

Studies have shown links between people with high EI and greater mental health, job performance, leadership skills, social relationships etc. But no causal relationships have ever been shown, and a lot of the conditions in the previous statement can also be attributed to a generally high intelligence and personality traits.

So how do you recognise an emotionally intelligent person? Are you one?

  1. A fascination with human nature – You are amused by human nature. You notice little things like dialects, body language, and other little habits that say a lot about a person. These little things capture your fancy, and you always find yourself understanding a lot of things without the need for saying anything.
  2. Strengths and weaknesses – Emotionally intelligent people are well cognisant of their own strengths and weaknesses, and such a level of self-awareness ensures that nobody takes you for a ride. They are as strong as their strongest link, but not as weak as their weakest.
  3. Peace with the past, and fine with the future – People with high EIs are known to never live with regrets. You accept your past, drop your baggage, and move forward into the present, because that’s where progress happens. You also don’t obsess with, and fret about, things outside of your control. The future is a fruit of today’s action, and so you believe in living in the present.
  4. Saying ‘NO’ – There can too much of a good thing, and who knows that better than you? You would never waste your energy in getting everyone to like you. You know your priorities, and deal with setbacks maturely. All that leaves no time for toxic people or relationships. You say no, when it needs to be said.
  5. Never an emotional trouble – People with high EI are believed to be able to solve a variety of emotion-related problems, quickly and effectively. They can accurately perceive emotions in others, and know how to use emotional episodes in their lives for the best. It should, however, not be confused with personal qualities like optimism, motivation, agreeableness, calmness etc.
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