Wire My Brain QUIZ!

In Epigenetics, Neuroplasticity and Dopamine by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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1.  True or False?

a.  T __ F__The brain we get at birth is hardwired from birth

b.  T __ F__Our fate of our DNA is written in stone from the moment of  conception


a. False:  Until very recently scientists believed the answer was True, with the exception of limited tweaking we could do with the nurturing of parents, enriched intellectual and physical environments, and education. Now?  We know, based on solid scientific data, that every waking moment, our brains are being wired and re-wired, either with our permission, intentionally, or without our approval, accidentally, based on repetition of our thoughts, emotions and behavior.

b. False: Again, only in the past several years have geneticists discovered that we do actively participate in coding our DNA – no special degrees or lab coat required.  From conception everything which occurs inside or around us sends a neurochemical message to our genome telling it which genes to switch on and which to suppress. Whatever we eat, drink, think, feel, or do, instantly informs our DNA which kinds of cells to make and what to do with them.

2.   Which of the following are true? Like on a hit of  cocaine or amphetamines, our Animal (Mammalian) Brains light up when we:

___   acquire money

___  have sex

___  play sports

___  compete at work

___  hear a cellphone ringtone

___  play video games

___  eat potato chips

___  have a soft drink

___  see something new

___  do something risky

___  get into an argument

___  solve a problem

___  are confronted by a threat

___  receive positive recognition

___  receive negative recognition


All are True, which makes it easy to see why humans, especially those of us with so many of these options readily available, are inclined to get ourselves into trouble.  To varying degrees, the entire list pumps out our own, natural opiate peptide, dopamine, no dealers, no limits, no laws, no cost.  Addictive? You already know the answer to that one!



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