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The Dopaminergic Mind in Human Evolution and History

Fred H. Previc

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ISBN 10: 0521360897 / ISBN 13: 9780521360890
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Title: The Dopaminergic Mind in Human Evolution and...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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What does it mean to be human? There are many theories of the evolution of human behavior which seek to explain how our brains evolved to support our unique abilities and personalities. Most of these have focused on the role of brain size or specific genetic adaptations of the brain. In contrast, Fred Previc presents a provocative theory that high levels of dopamine, the most widely studied neurotransmitter, account for all major aspects of modern human behavior. He further emphasizes the role of epigenetic rather than genetic factors in the rise of dopamine. Previc contrasts the great achievements of the dopaminergic mind with the harmful effects of rising dopamine levels in modern societies and concludes with a critical examination of whether the dopaminergic mind that has evolved in humans is still adaptive to the health of humans and to the planet in general.

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Dopamine is the most widely studied of all neurotransmitters in the human brain. In this text, Fred Previc puts forth a provocative evolutionary theory, positing that high levels of dopamine account for all major aspects of uniquely human behaviour, including abstract intelligence, creativity, exploration, religious behaviour and left-hemispheric thought.

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