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How Video Games Trigger Our Dopamine

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Video Games and Mental Health

We may not realize it, but our brains are the most powerful computer in existence. It takes data and analyzes it to help us understand what's happening around us- even if that means moving or breathing.

Our thoughts shape who we are. They power every action with purposeful intent. Our lives will be nothing more than an unorganized mess of random movements without directionality without the thoughts made by our brains.

Our ability to think can make everything seem possible. In the world of quick rewards games, it is the sole intent of the developers to work with our brains to stimulate dopamine production and give us an all-around elevated experience.

Let's get down to basics and check out the facts.

What is dopamine?

The neurotransmitter dopamine is a direct pathway to the brain. Our bodies produce it, and our neurological system uses it to communicate between nerve cells. That's why dopamine is known as "the chemical messenger, or the feel-good mone."

Dop or dopamine has a significant impact on how humans experience pleasure. As a result, we will be happier if we engage in activities such as trying a new video game or going to new places, all of which make us feel good (and who doesn't want more happiness?)

Dopamine also offers other advantages, such as assisting people in staying focused on tasks by making them easier to complete. This chemical messenger has the power to make us feel happy and driven. We can thank dopamine for our ability to think creatively or plan out future endeavors.

It's also essential to how we relate socially; it helps us keep track of what others might be thinking, which influences our feelings on those topics, from sadness to joy (and sometimes even euphoria.)

Dopamine is the primary target for pleasure. It gets messages from one nerve cell to another by making us feel good! Feeling good is why we love dopamine and anything that helps us get more of it.

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Serotonin, what is it?

We can't talk about the brain and dopamine without mentioning serotonin. Essential neurotransmitters allow for all our communication, which is why they're called messenger molecules! One without the other makes for a lopsided brain. To get the most out of dopamine, you need serotonin, and here's why.

Serotonin is the happy hormone. It's dopamine's partner in crime, and they get wrapped up together when it comes to mood changes or even some surprising memory functions like recall! Dopamine can be thought of as motivation for the activity.

At the same time, serotonin makes us feel good about what has happened, making sure that we remember things more efficiently than ever before.

Video games use both dopamine and serotonin to stimulate the brain. Whether it's Latin or math, video games can be used as an educational tool to help you grow grey matter and develop skills for life.

Studies show how playing these games has many positive effects on our lives in so many ways, including learning new things and gaining knowledge in difficult-to grasp fields such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and English literature.

Alternative methods of learning have proved more effective through enhanced gaming techniques than traditional study for some people.

However, on the downside, there is also evidence proving otherwise- some experts say too much time spent gaming could lead someone into an addiction that will not be easy to break.

So now we know the facts, let's acquire our happy hormones.

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Eat your way to happiness

Our bodies need certain amino acids to produce dopamine. One of these is tyrosine, an enzyme produced naturally in specific proteins and other foods such as legumes.

Smaller building blocks called amino acids make up proteins. There are 23 different kinds in total - some of which are made through synthesis, while others are found externally. Proteins play several roles, including structural support, generating the energy needed by cells to keep our brains healthy.

That's not all; exercise boosts C8H11NO2 (dops chemical formula)

Exercise boosts dopamine and serotonin

Exercise is the best way to increase both dopamine and serotonin. Exercise doesn't have only physical benefits either; according to animal research from Singapore University law school, students who exercised were foundationally brighter than those who lived like sloths.

Aerobic activity has been shown repeatedly as a tiny step towards healthful living, two steps towards mental well-being with your mood rising steeply after a dopamine and serotonin boost after only 10 minutes of exercise.

However, when there's an up, there has to be a down. Too much Dop can have some adverse effects. When dopamine levels are high in our brain at night, it becomes difficult to fall asleep.

According to studies, when we don't get enough sleep, our brains generate less feel-good hormones during the day than average, causing us to concentrate less during most activities and lowering our ACCU Sleep Score by over 20%. Our natural rhythms are disrupted when we don't get enough sleep.


If you want to be better at gaming, you need to step outside once in a while. Sunlight, exercise, and sleep will improve your focus and make you a better gamer.

Drink lots of water, eat healthy food that includes good value protein and vegetables. But most of all, remember a change is as good as a rest. Gaming is fun, but when you're too wired to concentrate, do something else - baking a cake, reading a book or walking the dog, going to a spin class, and getting some human interaction are all great suggestions.

Online games are exhilarating to spend your downtime, but it's good to remember that less is always more, which is an excellent mantra for brain health and applies to most things in life.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or the management of EconoTimes

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