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Evidence at a molecular scale

 

 

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One of Golembiewski's scientific discoveries works like a dopamine-driven switch that alters the way attention works (and feels) depending on the emotional response to the environment. In one state creativity is enabled, and the feeling is an intense feeling of being. In the other state people work on autopilot. Over the long term, the sense of self is severely depleted, leading to a number of core symptoms and one of the most profound experiences of mental illness; the sensation that 'I'm not here.'

The dopaminergic switch alters the perceptual method that people use. Under normal circumstances we mostly use a top-down attentional mode, and have another bottom up mode, for when the top-down one fails, or for when circumstances aren't as we expect them to be. In hallucinatory conditions only the top-down mode functions properly.