Pragmatic Apparatus – Blending oxytocin and dopamine with everyday creativity

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstracy by Anne Chong,Serenella Tolomeo,Yue Xiong,Dario Angeles,Mike Cheung,Benjamin Becker,Poh San Lai,Zhen Lei,Fabio Malavasi,Qianzi Tang,Soo Hong Chew &Richard P. Ebstein 

Converging evidence suggests that oxytocin (OT) is associated with creative thinking (CT) and that release of OT depends on ADP ribosyl-cyclases (CD38 and CD157). Neural mechanisms of CT and OT show a strong association with dopaminergic (DA) pathways, yet the link between CT and CD38, CD157, dopamine receptor D2 (DRD2) and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) peripheral gene expression remain inconclusive, thus limiting our understanding of the neurobiology of CT. To address this issue, two principal domains of CT, divergent thinking (AUT), were assessed. In men, both AUT is associated with gene expression of CD38, CD157, and their interaction CD38 × CD157. There were no significant associations for DA expression (DRD2, COMT, DRD2 × COMT) on both CT measures. However, analysis of the interactions of OT and DA systems reveal significant interactions for AUT in men. The full model explained a sizable 39% of the variance in females for the total CT score. The current findings suggest that OT and DA gene expression contributed significantly to cognition and CT phenotype. This provides the first empirical foundation of a more refined understanding of the molecular landscape of CT.

Publication: Scientific Reports (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Aug 10, 2021 Doi:

Keywords: Behavioural genetics, Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, Transcriptomics (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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