Neuroscience

  • Dopamine Nation: 5 Lessons on Pain, Pleasure, and Balance

    Dopamine Nation: 5 Lessons on Pain, Pleasure, and Balance

    When I was stuck in a deep rut and YouTube rabbit hole a few months ago, I randomly came across an interview with Dr. Anna Lembke — a psychiatrist, author, and addiction specialist. Unexpectedly, I heard her say something that pierced through my apathetic slumber: “We’ve reached a tipping point where abundance itself has become a physiological…

  • How Loneliness Impairs the Brain (and 4 Ways to Recover)

    How Loneliness Impairs the Brain (and 4 Ways to Recover)

    Kaboom! Before the young man could realize what he’d done, a tamping rod half his size blasted through his left cheek, exited the top of his skull, and landed a train car’s length away from him. The year was 1848. The place was a railway construction site in Vermont. The man was Phineas Gage. What…