Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

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The disorder of these times, neophilia

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Neophiliacs are people who love everything new or novel. While most people have some element of this trait in their personality, there are some folks who have an almost unstoppable draw to every whizzy new electronic gizmo. Or maybe they just have to have the latest combination of strappy sandals and hip-hugging jeans.

These neophiliacs are, in effect, every marketer’s dream.

And now a team of researchers have provided these consumers with just about the greatest excuse ever for justifying their expensive compulsion to buy the newest and coolest. They can’t help themselves.


In scientific mumbo jumbo, it seems that genetic differences mean that people produce different variations of a mitochondrial enzyme called monoamine oxidase A. That’s according to research from the Yamagata University School of Medicine in Japan, which was recently published in the scientific journal Psychiatric Genetics and mentioned in the New Scientist magazine.

The researchers found that one form of this enzyme was “significantly associated with higher scores of novelty seeking.” In other words, people who produce that form of the enzyme are more likely to have novelty-seeking traits in their personality than others. The disorder of these times, neophilia

Social commentary from the bemoaners of the state of modern civilisation aside, this is more evidence for genetic differences in amine tolerance.


Written by alienrobotgirl

5 December, 2006 at 7:55 pm

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  1. Brilliant post! I feel like you’re stumbling on some really important findings that explain a lot about my behaviour. I was such an unpredictable, unstable, angry kid. My parents always accused me of having a horrible temper. My father also has a horrible temper and we’d get into it on a daily basis – often really loud and violent arguments, from a very young age. My mother told me that she remembers sitting by the bathtub while bathing me as a 2-1/2 yr-old and trying to convince me to please ‘just say sorry, Daddy’ for acting up (she always turned to me to apologize and not him!). She says she remembers me replying “Even if you pull my fingernails out, I still won’t say sorry!” Dramatic, stubborn, precocious, bratty. Unstable. Runs in the family.

    Mother Nuture

    6 December, 2006 at 2:33 pm

  2. Everyone is doing that lately 🙂

    Alien Robot Girl

    6 December, 2006 at 8:53 pm

  3. I, of course, meant to post this under the next post – not this one! Haha.

    Mother Nuture

    6 December, 2006 at 8:29 pm

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