University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This literature review will explore relationships between several psychological factors, such as affect, time perspective, and boredom, with levels of relevant neurotransmitters, namely dopamine and serotonin. For instance, the neurological processes involved in affect could also influence sensation-seeking through changes in cognition and boredom. Additionally, a more negative mood resulting from decreased dopamine levels could result in short-term shifts in one’s time perspective. Monoamine oxidase plays a role in the regulation of neurotransmitter levels in the brain. Large amounts of this enzyme result in reduced levels of dopamine and serotonin. Understanding such relationships has the potential to propel further research in biopsychology and influence clinical and counseling methods used for people with harmful sensation-seeking addictions and other related disorders.
McAllister, Sabrina K. and Nichols, David F.
"Monoamine Oxidase in the Regulation of Biopsychological Factors: A Literature Review of the Correlates of Time Perspective, Sensation-Seeking, Boredom Proneness, and Affect,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 23
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol23/iss2/8