Sex, Drugs and Love: A Few Good Altered States. Group 10: Keren Alon, Alexander Fields, Dean Martinez and Hayden Rausch. The Neural Basis of Sex as an Altered State. Hormones. Hormones. Testosterone: plays a role in desire and arousal.
Keren Alon, Alexander Fields, Dean Martinez and Hayden Rausch
- Most directly implicated in positive reinforcement, i.e. rewarding and pleasurable effects of the drug
- Many addictive drugs enhance dopamine transmission, specifically in the mesocorticolimbic system
- One of the main forces driving the reward system
“Stimulants like cocaine act on the brain's dopamine system, and so mimic the thrill of desire and anticipation. Depressant drugs like heroin, on the other hand, produce the opposite kind of pleasure - a dreamy satiation and freedom from pain, caused by their action on the brain's opioid system.
a cocktail of cocaine and heroin, can be likened to a rapid, hyped-up sex simulation, moving rapidly from desire to climax.”-
Maia Szalavitz, “Love is the drug”, 23 November 2002 , New Scientist Magazine