[ExI] How to build a happier brain

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 01:33:55 UTC 2013

My understanding is that "mood setpoint" is so strong and ingrained, that
even anti-depressants over time, tend to lose effectiveness, due to it.


On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> On 2013-10-28 22:14, John Grigg wrote:
>> How would you redesign the human brain, so that people could lead
>> happier, more vibrant lives?
> His book sounds like it makes a lot of sense. Whether that is enough to
> actually help, is of course another matter!
> Building the right practical or cognitive habits is a lot of work. We need
> to streamline the process (but presumably not make it too easy, because
> then we might get instability).
> I would love to know how to manipulate the mood setpoint of the brain.
> Surely the right kind of thinking can change your stable mood a bit, but
> genetic and other innate factors seem to be more powerful. One of the
> things I am hoping to figure out using personal genomics is why I have my
> bright mood setpoint - and then we can start figuring out how to fix it in
> other brains.
> --
> Dr Anders Sandberg
> Future of Humanity Institute
> Oxford Martin School
> Oxford University
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