What releases dopamine in people's brains? By:Emmet Hoversten

What is dopamine?

The picture above shows the chemical compound that creates dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that is released as adrenaline for the brain gives you a energy rush of excitement. Dopamine doesn't only make us feel good but is essential to to the brains reward system. The reward system within the brain is basically a way of telling your brain what is wrong and what is right. Even though dopamine is a good thing, it is also included in many deadly drugs such as cocaine and marijuana. Dopamine-containing neurons in the ventral tegmental area in your brain are activated in a certain order. This shows that the brain is relatively organized and dopamine is included in the system of the brain.

Is dopamine good or bad?

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that not only effects your emotional state and makes you feel happy but it also gets addicting and causes you to want dopamine more and more and want the thing that gave your body dopamine more. This could cause you to become a alchohalic, drug addict, or just an adrenaline junky who does crazy stunts. As you now know dopamine could be good or bad.

Where could dopamine come from for different people?

The reason people are addicted to things is the reward system of dopamine. This dopamine could be released when they play video games, that one is very common in teenagers. This could also occur from cleaning, skydiving, scuba diving, or any activity that seems fun for you. Some people feel good about strange things like the show "My Strange Addiction" where people talk about things their addicted to doing cause dopamine is released every time they do that addiction.


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