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"Unleashing Your Brain's Superpowers: What Neurotransmitter Dominance Can Tell You About Yourself"

Neurotransmitter dominance is a concept that suggests that certain individuals have a natural dominance of one or more neurotransmitters in their brain, which can influence their behavior, emotions, and cognitive functioning. The Braverman Test is a widely used assessment tool that aims to identify an individual's dominant neurotransmitter(s). Here's a brief overview of the Braverman Test and some academic research on the topic.

The Braverman Test is a self-assessment tool that asks individuals a series of questions about their behaviour, preferences, and habits, with the aim of identifying their dominant neurotransmitter(s). The test categorises individuals into five different neurotransmitter types: dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, serotonin, and endorphin. Each type is associated with different personality traits, behaviors, and cognitive functions.

Research has explored the relationship between neurotransmitter dominance and various aspects of human behavior and functioning. For example, one study found that dopamine dominance was associated with higher levels of sensation-seeking behavior and risk-taking, while serotonin dominance was associated with more cautious and socially conforming behaviour (Zuckerman et al., 2007). Another study found that individuals with higher levels of acetylcholine were better at learning and recalling new information, while those with higher levels of GABA had better spatial and verbal memory (Parasuraman et al., 2005).

While the Braverman Test has gained popularity in some circles, it has also been criticised for its lack of empirical support and the lack of consensus among neuroscientists regarding the concept of neurotransmitter dominance (Düzel et al., 2019). Some researchers argue that the test oversimplifies the complex interactions between neurotransmitters in the brain and may not be a reliable or valid measure of dominant neurotransmitters.

Overall, while the concept of neurotransmitter dominance and the Braverman Test have generated interest and discussion, more research is needed to fully understand the role of neurotransmitters in human behavior and functioning.

Here is the braverman test - let me know what you think!


References: Düzel, S., Drewelies, J., Gerstorf, D., & Lindenberger, U. (2019). Testing the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia with positron emission tomography. JAMA psychiatry, 76(1), 92-93.

Parasuraman, R., Greenwood, P. M., & Kumar, R. (2005). Neuronal and cognitive plasticity: a neurocognitive framework for ameliorating cognitive aging. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 7(2), 15-22.

Zuckerman, M., Kuhlman, D. M., Joireman, J., Teta, P., & Kraft, M. (2007). A comparison of three structural models for personality: the Big Three, the Big Five, and the Alternative Five. Journal of personality and social psychology, 94(1), 148-161.

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