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Mind secret finally revealed!

By on October 3, 2014
Picture courtesy of Stuart Miles and

We know the benefits of dopamine in learning. Dopamine fixes the attention of ‘working memory‘ allowing learning to begin. Dopamine also signals the hippocampus that something is taking place that is worth transferring into long term memory. Whether you are teaching a class or creating change in a hypnosis client, dopamine is your friend.

But how do we generate dopamine? Dopamine is generated by fun, so making your hypnosis sessions fun goes a long way toward helping your clients to change.

But new research throws more light on this important question. researchers at the University of California scanned the brains of subjects while they were in a state of curiosity, and saw areas of their brain light up that are associated with the dopamine circuit, suggesting that curiosity is the missing link in generation of dopamine.

Anyone who is a trainer knows the power of curiosity in engaging an audience, but this research shows exactly why you should use curiosity. So the next time you are with a client try something like this, “What we are just about to do has the power to totally transform your brain in positive ways. I’ll explain why in a  moment, but first…”.

Remember: curiosity begets dopamine, dopamine begets learning and learning begets change.

Here’s an article from Britain’s Guardian newspaper describing the research in detail.

Researchers in the US found evidence that curiosity ramped up the activity of a brain chemical called dopamine, which in turn seemed to strengthen peoples memories. Students who took part in the study were better at remembering answers to trivia questions when they were curious, but their memories also improved for unrelated information they were shown at the same time.

Picture courtesy of Stuart Miles and

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