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The secrets of Serotonin
    #3699101 - 01/29/05 06:42 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Link-- How one little molecule does so much

a good read on serotonin's affect on mood, motivation, aggression and alcohol/drug cravings:

If "low" serotonin makes you feel "low," will "high" serotonin make you feel "high"? Well, in a way, yes, but it's temporary, dangerous and illegal! Several abused drugs are known to act on the serotonin system. MMDA (Ecstasy) is a very powerful serotonin-active drug. Although it may have effects on other neurochemical systems, it produces its feelings of euphoria and tranquility primarily through its action on serotonin receptors. Several hallucinogenic drugs, including LSD and psilocybin, resemble the serotonin molecule so closely that they are also believed to produce their psychedelic effects by acting on serotonin receptors.

In animals, serotonin has been shown to have an important role in initiating movement. Serotonin seems to be the "switch" regulating movement versus sensory perception. Have you ever noticed that a cat or dog will "freeze" to listen to a sound or to watch a bird or squirrel? At that moment when the animal holds still and uses its senses, serotonin activity drops. When the animal moves again, serotonin activity returns. We often think of ourselves as doing "ten things at once" but we humans also tend to freeze when we want to pay attention to something important.

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Re: The secrets of Serotonin [Re: MrBump]
    #3702531 - 01/30/05 04:23 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)


I have a feeling that humans will NEVER fully understand the brain.

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Re: The secrets of Serotonin [Re: MrBump]
    #3706543 - 01/31/05 07:23 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I believe its responsible for our relation to time and sensing things in general...of course I dont have anything to back this up, and if anyone knows a lot bout brain processing and such please feel free to pick this apart or support it =P its just a feeling and its something i havent gotten around to analyzing myself. ~D

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Re: The secrets of Serotonin [Re: Majestic]
    #3707871 - 01/31/05 04:28 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)


1. "After an hour I wasn't feeling anything so I decided to take another..."
2. "We were feeling pretty good so we decided to smoke a few bowls..."
3. "I had to be real quiet because my parents were asleep upstairs..."

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