Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Post 1, 2, & 3 (Better late then never)

Psychoactive drugs
Psychoactive drugs are chemical substances that have the ability to alter mood and behavior. There are many different psychoactive drugs and the most widely used one is caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant and is found in soda, coffee and chocolate as well as some other things. This substance is considered a psychoactive drug because of its effects on our bodies. I think that caffeine is the most accepted drug there is in our country and I believe there needs to be more care with handling it. Like any drug I think that in high concentrations or amounts it should be restricted from the developing population because the increased likelihood of harmful effects. This is definitely the case for younger children and energy drinks. I have seen many young people unable to function without caffeine and this is one of the reasons it should be used more sparingly. I think not a lot of people realize that it is a psychoactive drug and I think more education should be based around it.

Hunger motivation
Hunger motivation affects all of us daily. We all think that it is time to eat at various times of the day and this drive is known as hunger motivation. The feeling of hunger comes from the part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This is supposed to let us know when our bodies need food, and when we may have had too much. People eat because of internal feelings, as well as external feelings. When our brain is sending internal messages from the hypothalamus, this is an internal factor. Things that we eat when we do not feel hungry may be because of boredom, stress, or something that looks delicious is placed in front of us. These are external factors that allow our body to use hunger motivation. I think that hunger is the most out of control motivator for people in America today. I know I myself struggle with hunger motivation daily and try and optimize my intake for health purposes.
This is a video illustrating hunger motivation at an extreme instance.
Sensation seeking is a personality trait defined by the seeking of varied, novel, complex, and intense sensations and experiences. The four components of sensation seeking are; thrill and adventure seeking, experience seeking, dis-inhibition, and boredom susceptibility. People may take various risks to fulfill these sensations, and this can sometimes be dangerous. People who seek more sensations may be more susceptible to drug abuse. Also, there have been studies that might show that this is in genetics. Some people do not have as many triggers for sensation as others do, and you can see that these people stay to the safe side. People take all different kinds of risks that range from something as simple as balancing on a beam, to substance use and these things can drastically affect someone’s life. Sensation seeking is a type of motivation that is rewarded by usually risky activity.

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