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Alters

Publicado em 10/08/2022

The basic key to their findings whether the event matches expectations. What is more, the expectation of an event matching your expectation alters your level of happiness in anticipation of the event itself… that is, until you actually experience it. It’s in the anticipation of an event that happiness itself often lives. This is because dopamine — a neurotransmitter in the brain correlated with positive feelings, among many other things — spikes in anticipation of a positive event, and then decreases during the event itself.

—Beau Lotto, Deviate, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018

(Trata-se de um estudo do University College London, sobre a previsão se alguém se vai sentir feliz ou não numa determinada situação.)

Another

Publicado em 09/08/2022

(…) if you want to understand yourself, sometimes the best answer exists in another person. Studies have shown that other people can be better at predicting our behaviour — at usefully predicting us — than ourselves are.

—Beau Lotto, Deviate, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018

In Case

Publicado em 08/08/2022

The importance of interconnectedness is reflected in the brain itself. In a creatively engaged mind there are higher levels of cortical activity… that is, more ideas generating heat both during moments of “inspiration” and in general. This is because patterns become more widely distributed and thus more connected and interactive. Inhibition also goes down, which means the voice in your mind that loves to shout the Physics of No speaks less often and less loudly. In case you were wondering some psychedelic drugs like those found in “magic mushrooms” have a similar effect on the brain.

—Beau Lotto, Deviate, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018