Do you get really stimulated by new ideas and imaginative scenarios?
If so, you may have an influx of dopamine in your synapses, but not where we traditionally think of this neurotransmitter flowing.
Dopamine is often labeled the “feel-good molecule,” but this is a gross mischaracterization of this neurotransmitter. As personality neuroscientist Colin DeYoung (a close colleague of mine) notes, dopamine is actually the “neuromodulator of exploration.” Dopamine’s primary role is to make us want things, not necessarily like things. We get the biggest rush of dopamine coursing through our brains at the possibility of reward.
How active is your nerdy dopamine pathway?