04 August 2015

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Your Work Ethic Depends on Dopamine Levels Across the Brain


Your Work Ethic Depends on Dopamine Levels Across the Brain

Ever wonder why you spend your day working hard, and others in the office are hardly working? Well a recent scientific discovery may explain why this is.

“The study, which is to be published in tomorrow's issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, used positron emission tomography (PET) to image the brains of a cross-section of participants, from go-getters to slackers. The participants were asked to choose from a range of tasks—some simple, others far more difficult—in exchange for varying monetary rewards.

The researchers found that people willing to work hard to earn rewards had higher release of dopamine—a "feel-good" neurotransmitter—in areas of the brain known to play an important role in reward and motivation: the striatum and ventromedial prefrontal cortex. People who weren't keen to work, however, had higher levels of dopamine in part of the brain that plays a role in emotion and risk perception, called the anterior insula.”

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