Controlling Your Dopamine For Motivation, Focus & Satisfaction - Deepstash
Why is dopamine important?

Dopamine is the primary determinant behind how excited we are, how motivated we are, and how ready we are to push through things to get what we want

60

STASHED IN:

282

Controlling Your Dopamine For Motivation, Focus & Satisfaction

Controlling Your Dopamine For Motivation, Focus & Satisfaction

Huberman Lab

STASHED IN:

9 Comments

  • Dopamine is a neuromodulator – influences the communication of many neurons at once.
  • There are 2 main neutral circuits used by dopamine to exert effects: (1) mesocortical limbi...

26

STASHED IN:

265

  • There is a baseline level of dopamine circulating in your brain and body all the time (important for how you feel generally) - tonic release of dopamine
  • You can experi...

31

STASHED IN:

269

ANDREW HUBERMAN

How satisfying an experience is depends on the height of the peak relative to the baseline. Increasing dopamine will make you motivated but it will be short lived.

29

STASHED IN:

264

How much dopamine you experience from something depends on your baseline level of dopamine when you arrive there and your previous dopamine peaks.

Thus, when you repeatedly engage in somethin...

21

STASHED IN:

270

  • Chocolate - 1.5x increase above baseline
  • Sex (pursuit and act) - 2x baseline
  • Nicotine (when smoked) - 2.5x baseline

43

STASHED IN:

284

  • The key is to not expect or chase high levels of dopamine when we participate in certain activities.
  • Intermittent schedules can keep you motivated and engaged:...

21

STASHED IN:

268

  • Cold water exposure can boost dopamine up to 2.5x above baseline – but is sustained for up to three hours post-exposure
  • Dopamine controls the perception of time: when ...

30

STASHED IN:

280

ANDREW HUBERMAN

Layering together multiple substances & activities that lead to big increases in dopamine can create pretty severe issues with motivation and energy right after those experiences

15

STASHED IN:

266

ANDREW HUBERMAN

After a peak, the level of dopamine drops below baseline. The extent to which it drops is proportional to how high the peak was.

This explains why doing the same be...

19

STASHED IN:

267

ANDREW HUBERMAN

Don't spike dopamine prior to engaging in effrort.

Don't spike dopamine after engaging in effort.

LEARN TO SPIKE DOPAMINE FROM EFFORT ITSELF....

26

STASHED IN:

274

  • Mucuna pruriens contain L-dopa which is the precursor for dopamine– but the crash takes place
  • L-tyrosine is an amino acid precursor to L-dopa; leads t...

15

STASHED IN:

262

ANDREW HUBERMAN

Telling yourself that exercise (fasting, etc) is good for your will reinforce the extent to which it is good for you at a chemical level.

28

STASHED IN:

270

Deepstash helps you become inspired, wiser and productive, through bite-sized ideas from the best articles, books and videos out there.

GET THE APP: