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"From the Ted Talk by Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception"

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Brugger and his colleague, Christine Mohr, gave ________ L-DOPA. L-DOPA's a drug, as you know, given for treating Parkinson's disease, which is related to a decrease in ________. L-DOPA _________ dopamine. An increase of dopamine ______ subjects to see more patterns than those that did not receive the dopamine. So dopamine _______ to be the drug associated with patternicity. In fact, neuroleptic _____ that are used to eliminate psychotic behavior, things like ________, delusions and hallucinations, these are ______________. They're incorrect patterns. They're false positives. They're Type I errors. And if you give them drugs that are dopamine antagonists, they go away. That is, you decrease the amount of dopamine, and their tendency to see patterns like that decreases. On the other hand, amphetamines like cocaine are dopamine agonists. They increase the amount of dopamine. So you're more likely to feel in a euphoric state, creativity, find more patterns.

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  1. patternicities
  2. paranoia
  3. appears
  4. dopamine
  5. drugs
  6. caused
  7. subjects
  8. increases

Original Text

Brugger and his colleague, Christine Mohr, gave subjects L-DOPA. L-DOPA's a drug, as you know, given for treating Parkinson's disease, which is related to a decrease in dopamine. L-DOPA increases dopamine. An increase of dopamine caused subjects to see more patterns than those that did not receive the dopamine. So dopamine appears to be the drug associated with patternicity. In fact, neuroleptic drugs that are used to eliminate psychotic behavior, things like paranoia, delusions and hallucinations, these are patternicities. They're incorrect patterns. They're false positives. They're Type I errors. And if you give them drugs that are dopamine antagonists, they go away. That is, you decrease the amount of dopamine, and their tendency to see patterns like that decreases. On the other hand, amphetamines like cocaine are dopamine agonists. They increase the amount of dopamine. So you're more likely to feel in a euphoric state, creativity, find more patterns.

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