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    Default Introverted Pleasures

    Sorry if the title is a bit deceptive, but a while back I remember reading somewhere about different pleasure pathways in the brain. One of them is quick and more intense and is involved with pleasures like food and sex. The other one goes through a longer section of brain and takes longer to activate. I'm not sure exactly what activates it. I do remember reading that introverts are more likely to use the long pathway than extroverts (although I think both probably use the short one the most).

    Does anybody know what I'm talking about and where this information might be?

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    I remember that too. I can't remember where exactly. It had something to do with the cerebral cortex.
    I did a search for "introverted pleasure cerebral cortex" and found this.

    Here it is! Hans Eysenck Google Books. He is talking about Introversion Extraversion and cortical arousal.

    Is that it?

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    I know we tend to have higher activity in the frontal lope, which is associated with dopamine and our pleasure centers.

    ...awesome.

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    like cocaine and meth much?

    or just ritalin.
    My cold, snide, intellectual life is just a veneer, behind which lies the plywood of loneliness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimahn View Post
    like cocaine and meth much?

    or just ritalin.
    I don't really like the speedy drugs. Adderall was good when I was in college for studying but that's about it.

    Maybe stimulants are more often taken by those dopamine-deficient extroverts. Every coke/meth head I know is a raving extrovert now that I think about it.

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    Yeah, i'm on ADD medication and it just makes me more zoned in. to the point where moving around a lot is the last thing on my mind.
    My cold, snide, intellectual life is just a veneer, behind which lies the plywood of loneliness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimahn View Post
    Yeah, i'm on ADD medication and it just makes me more zoned in. to the point where moving around a lot is the last thing on my mind.
    Yup, I would take adderall or No Doz and go to the library and study real well for an hour or so then pass out in the little desk cubicle a lot of the time.. can make me ridiculously sleepy.

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    Drug abuse and other addictions is most strongly tied to the Big Five characteristic of Conscientiousness which most closely resembles J/P in MBTI terms. People low in C (P types) are most susceptible to it.

    Cortical arousal wasn't quite what I was thinking of. Maybe I should step down from my donkey (get off my ass) and look.

    I have dismounted my donkey and found this.

    "This book answers my question. No you can not change your temperament no matter how hard you try. You are born an introvert or an extrovert and that is how your brain is wired. I find it interesting that introverts take a longer more complex brain pathway with acetylcoline where as extroverts use the simpler dopamine adrenaline pathway. Too much external imput overstimulates us and that is why we like to be alone to recharge. Acetylcoline tones us down. That's our energy reward. The dopamine adrenaline pathway rewards and craves external stimulation so extroverts recharge in active places or with lots of people."

    This comes from a blog that can be found HERE.
    Last edited by MacGuffin; 10-29-2008 at 03:13 PM. Reason: Merging 3 post(s)

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    'dismounted my donkey' LOL! That's funny.
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    The book in question is called the Introvert Advantage.

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