Study links social status to level of brain dopamine receptors

02/3/2010 | ScienceDaily

Researchers using PET to image the brain's dopamine receptors, which play an important role in behavioral processes related to reward and motivation, found that those with higher social status had high levels of the receptors and those with lower social status had low levels of the receptors. The finding indicates that those with a higher social status are more inclined to view life as rewarding and stimulating. "These data shed interesting light into the drive to achieve social status, a basic social process," an expert said.

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