THE MIND OF A THRILL-SEEKER

Neu­ro­sci­en­tist Jane Joseph tested Hon­nold’s brain in an FMRI scan­ner. First, he was shown images se­lected to frighten, dis­turb or arouse. Then, he was given a “re­ward task” – a game in which he could win or lose money. In both cases, his brain barely reac

Men's Health (UK) - - Facing Fear -

The brain’s plea­sure chem­i­cal, dopamine, is re­leased when you do some­thing ex­cit­ing. Sen­sa­tion-seek­ers such as Hon­nold may re­quire more stim­u­la­tion to get the same hit. This may ex­plain why some peo­ple thrive un­der pres­sure.

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