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
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.