Ars: Over four days, subjects in the study ingested four different stimuli: a chocolate brownie, water, and two different doses of methylphenidate, a known dopamine agonist. After each stimulus, the researchers conducted an ERG to assess the electrical activity in the retina. In large doses, methylphenidate is known to produce dopamine spikes in the brain, so the first order of business was to determine whether a similar peak in activity was seen in the retina.
Indeed it was; when the subjects ingested the larger of the two doses of methylphenidate, the ERG measured a significant increase in the electrical signals in the retina. This suggests that the dopamine activity in a person’s retina can reflect the dopamine activity in their brain. When the subjects ate the brownie, the researchers observed an equivalent spike in the retinas’ electrical activity, demonstrating that it’s possible to effectively measure the brain’s pleasure response to a food reward simply via a person’s eyes.
See, you assholes just think I’m some loser blogger with a small penis and a receding hairline. But I’m actually a well-educated professional scientist. I’m a member of Mensa, the IEEE, and ACM. That’s three learned societies that you aren’t in. And I watch Jeopardy bitch. Point being, I’m fucking smart. And I read educational and scientific papers when I’m bored.
Basically these guys scientifically proved what ovulating women have been telling us for ages: brownies and chocolate in general hit the fucking spot sometimes. Actually the point of the article was really that dopamine activity can be measured by observing the retina, but it still shows that brownies trigger dopamine releases. Dopamine, AKA, the best fucking chemical ever. It’s the chemical that your brain releases that makes you feel good. The most significant natural sources of dopamine triggers are sex and food. Makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint. The brain rewards us by making us feel good when we do these things, so we’re more likely to do them. Drugs cause dopamine releases too.
But the fact that brownies trigger a dopamine release makes total sense. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve eaten more brownies than I’d care to admit. On several occasions. And I didn’t regret it afterward, probably because I was in some fucking dopamine-filled brownie bliss. Makes me want to go get a goddamned brownie Allah mode right now. I call it that because they’re so good that they’re probably a sin in Islam, like alcohol and gambling.