The dopamine hypothesis of social support

Shih Hsien Lin, Po See Chen, Tzung Lieh Yeh, Yen Kuang Yang

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It has been suggested that dopamine may play an important role in human evolution and adaptive behaviors. Recent studies have revealed an association between the dopamine system and social support among healthy individuals. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, we propose a dopamine hypothesis, which states that the level of dopaminergic system activity could influence social support via the capacity of cognitive function. Two lines of literature supporting the mechanism of this hypothesis are reviewed. Further experimental and longitudinal study is required to test this hypothesis. This hypothesis may help to identify the mechanism explaining the influence of dopamine on social support and provide support for dopaminergic pharmacotherapy for deficits in social behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-755
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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