Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Safecracker and the Fighter - the effect of serotonin and dopamine receptors by Badger Johnson

What are the attributes of the -Classic- Safecracker?

  • Sensitive
  • Introspective
  • Internally focused
  • Cautious
  • Careful
  • Meticulous
  • Creative
  • Risk-averse; Safety-minded
  • Lower ego-driven
  • Normal durability

What about the -Classic- Fighter?

  • Insensate
  • High pain tolerance
  • Aggressive
  • Externally Focused
  • Daring
  • Game Plan (not creating, following)
  • Incautious, Risk takers
  • Ego-driven
  • High durability

Certainly you can find excellent fighters who have opposite attributes or tendencies. Fedor would be, on the surface, to have low-arousal, and need less stimulation. But once he goes into action he’s dynamic. Perhaps he has a higher sensitivity to the body’s propranolol analog (the drug soloists take to reduce performance anxiety)

At any rate, studying these elements can give us insight into the genetic bases of performance. Taken as a whole, genetics seems to trump all built up attributes. You only have a few Jesse Owens or Babe Didriksons per multiple generations. How can experience, life-experience rise to the occasion? We can look to elements like determination, consistency, will-to-win and other qualities which are combinations of attributes and desires. We can also analyze why some fighters fail (they have poor response to loss? they have low durability? they are highly ego-driven and thus can’t be trained externally?)


  • The Genetic Determinants of Financial Risk-Taking

    Individuals vary in their willingness to take financial risks. Here we show that variants of two genes that regulate dopamine and serotonin neurotransmission and have been previously linked to emotional behavior, anxiety and addiction (5-HTTLPR and DRD4) are significant determinants of risk taking in investment decisions. We find that the 5-HTTLPR s/s allele carriers take 28% less risk than those carrying the s/l or l/l alleles of the gene. DRD4 7-repeat allele carriers take 25% more risk than individuals without the 7-repeat allele. These findings contribute to the emerging literature on the genetic determinants of economic behavior.

    We now have some research that shows that Risk-takers are those that have high quantities or high sensitivity to a particular molecule. They could have lower levels of it and still have an effect and higher levels of serotonin and not have as much effect. They need more stimulation to get a high.

    Likewise it seems that the Safety-minded are those with a higher amount or high sensitivity to the the opposing type of receptors. They could have lower levels of that molecule and still have an effect, that of calm and carefulness. They need less stimulation to get a high.

    Have a great Friday and a super Weekend!

    ~Badger Johnson
    Aug 5, 2016

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