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Pleasure /fear : 

Pleasure /fear Brain research project By: Cailee Morgan

What is pleasure? : 

What is pleasure? Is pleasure the thrill seeking feeling you get when you go sky diving? Is it the experience of eating your favorite ice cream on a smoldering summer day? Or is it merely sexual pleasure that gets us humans going? Actually it is all of these things. Webster's dictionary defines pleasure as “The state of gratification” We would all feel some what gratified after each of those tasks were accomplished..don’t you think?

Where does it begin? : 

Where does it begin? Pleasure is basically a reward that you get from your brain when you perform certain task and accomplish them. So when you ace a test, you instantly feel proud of yourself. Well you can thank your brain for that. The Nucleus accumbens is the cause for such gratification. It is the center of control for your brains pleasure factor. A little jolt of electricity to your brain telling your body that you feel pleasure. But don’t give all of the credit to the Nucleus Accumbens, the Ventral tegmental area also known as the (VTA) receives the information of the task you accomplished and tells the Nucleus Accumbens that it can give you just a helping size of pleasure to show that you did a good job.

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Lets keep this interesting. I'm sure I have everyone's attention now that we are talking about sex right? Pleasure doesn’t just have to deal with sex but it is a big factor. Us as humans need sex, we thrive off of sexual pleasure. Even as children we begin to experiencing certain feelings that we aren't fully aware of. All of these feelings tie in with the chemical in your brain known as dopamine. Oh yeah and don’t forget oxytocin. S E X

Did you say Sex cocktail? : 

Did you say Sex cocktail? When these two chemicals are released after you have viewed a sexually arousing stimuli then your body begins to experience that sexual pleasure and arousal. The functions of dopamine are to make us feel more attracted to the certain person we are with and also gives us the motivation to seek out the pleasure from that person. Oxytocin however is triggered in that part of sex where we experience fire works. Yes ladies and gents, the orgasm! It makes us feel emotionally attached to our partner. "Don't have sex with anyone you have no intention of falling in love with, because it just might happen." said Dr. Helen Fisher, Biological Anthropologist. I thought her statement struck for a debate. Do you think that you could “fall in love” with someone by just having sex with them? I don’t believe its true but hey, we all have our own opinions. Back to the topic. When Dopamine and Oxytocin are released its like a sex cocktail, you are bound to feel sexually aroused or out to seek sexual pleasure. Wouldn’t we all love to experience this chemical reaction every day of our lives??

Whether its sex, money, love or that last piece of chocolate cake… : 

Whether its sex, money, love or that last piece of chocolate cake… Our brain will decipher it as pleasure. We all want, need, and strive for pleasure. Lets face it, pleasure makes everyone a little happier. Besides who doesn’t want to enjoy every last bite of that chocolate cake and feel satisfied after. I know I sure do.

We cannot forget about Fear : 

We cannot forget about Fear Trembling body, sweaty palms, racing heart beat and overwhelming sense of uneasiness. Yeah we can define that as fear. The dictionary defines fear as: The feeling of being scared, anxious, frightened of, or apprehensive about something, someone or an event or situation. I could tell you that is probably the definition that anyone would give you about fear.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself “ : 

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself “ Many people have different opinions on fear. Some get frightened at the sight of a scary movie when Michael Myers routinely kills the girl that runs up the stairs when she should be going out the front door. You all know what I'm talking about. Or maybe some people are frightened by animals and insects such as snakes and spiders. Some people could also be scared of certain events that could happened. The thought of death, being attacked, or maybe even another 9/11 taking place. The point is there are many things that can frighten us and we all have different ways to deal with our fears.

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Phobias are intense fear of a certain object, event, activities, animals or people. Most people with phobias also develop an anxiety disorder and they will try to avoid this fear as much or often as they possibly can. Phobias are more common than you think. Here is a list of just a few that I thought were interesting. Alliumphobia- Fear of garlic. Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Bogyphobia- Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman. Defecaloesiophobia- Fear of painful bowels movements Geniophobia- Fear of chins Parthenophobia- Fear of virgins or young girls Rhabdophobia- Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized. Also fear of magic.(wand) Syphilophobia- Fear of syphilis. Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat

Fear is all in the mind : 

Fear is all in the mind Fear is what you make of it. If your brain tells you that you are generally scared of something if you train yourself to believe that certain object, person or situation cannot harm you then you will loose that fear to begin with. Although in the journal article titled “The Psychology of Beating Fear” Jeff Wise gives advice on how you become less fearless and also some reason why we might become fearful to begin with. He also explains that a little fear is good for your because you get an adrenaline rush causing you to become faster and more powerful than you usually are. This explains why some people are able to lift cars off of a loved one if they are hurt or trying to save someone's life. Fear can also be somewhat “contagious”. If you are in a crowd of people and you can feel that a majority of the crowd is scared or experiencing fear then it can trigger your brain to tell you that you could possibly be in danger as well. That’s why it is always a good thing to listen to your instincts. Your brain knows what it is doing!

Summary : 

Summary Pleasure and fear go hand in hand when it comes to the reaction of your brain. Although pleasure deals with the overwhelming feeling of happiness and fulfillment while fear can cause a grown man to break down like a 2 year old. They both deal with the brains chemicals and without them we might not ever experience the greatness of sex, chocolate cake, phobias, and Michael Myers.