How can we use dopamine levels to choose our career path?
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- Bodily parameters are less deceiving than our thoughts. We may find something interesting and glamorous at glance but boring or incapable in a year. Can we use the bodily parameters to bridge this gap and choose a career (at least the broader field) that we will like?
- Why dopamine? I initially thought of dopamine as the obvious choice since it reinforces the feeling of pleasure after a task. However, other parameters like cortisol levels, adrenaline levels, and galvanic skin conductance could be used in addition to dopamine.
- What parameters would you choose?
- How should the test be conducted?
- What is the right age to take such a test? Probably after the teenage when the hormones settle. However, can it be taken anytime in adulthood?
Answering a career test and simultaneously measuring dopamine spikes
Cassidy CM, Zucca FA, Girgis RR, Baker SC, Weinstein JJ, Sharp ME, Bellei C, Valmadre A, Vanegas N, Kegeles LS, Brucato G, Kang UJ, Sulzer D, Zecca L, Abi-Dargham A, Horga G. Neuromelanin-sensitive MRI as a noninvasive proxy measure of dopamine function in the human brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Mar 12;116(11):5108-5117. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1807983116. Epub 2019 Feb 22. PMID: 30796187; PMCID: PMC6421437.