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Dopamine & Happiness

Team Name


Team Members

Harry Chandrakumaran
Matthew Driedger
Fan Feng
Najma Khalili
Monica Papinski
Mohamed Saraj

Our group wanted to explore the neural mechanisms behind positive affect, or more simply happiness. We also wanted to look into what benefits there were of pursuing happiness and found that there were a lot of cognitive benefits such as improvements in memory, attention and problem solving.

To demonstrate we found we decide to create a video which 1) educates our audiences on the neural mechanisms of positive affect; 2) encourages them to reflect on how to bring positive affect into their lives; and 3) hopefully makes them feel happy when watching the video.

Pursuing Happiness