High levels of dopamine may lead to increased risk-taking

8 julio 2015

Boosting levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine can lead to increased risk-taking, according to research. Dopamine is involved in reward learning, and previous research has linked dopamine drugs such as L-DOPA with compulsive gambling problems in people with Parkinson’s disease. This study found that increasing dopamine levels in healthy adults led participants to choose more risky options in a gambling task.