About this Research Topic
For the proposed research topic, we will seek original research papers examining markers of dopaminergic neurotransmission in relation to individual differences in psychological functioning. Such research may come from the complete methodological spectrum available on the human level including neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and pharmacological manipulations, but also more indirect markers of dopamine such as eye-blink rate or behavioural measures sensitive to fluctuations in dopamine. We will especially encourage submissions employing measures of multiple psychological traits and/or indicators of dopaminergic neurotransmission in keeping with our aim to foster an integrative perspective. We will also explicitly encourage both qualitative and quantitative reviews of relevant portions of the literature, and theoretical contributions (especially those supported by formal and computational modelling procedures) targeting multiple pieces of the dopamine-personality puzzle.
The multitude of relationships that have been observed between markers of dopamine function and individual differences are fascinating, but also frustrating. If the field of personality neuroscience is to avoid becoming a series of disconnected demonstrations that personality is related to neural processes, it is essential that sufficiently inclusive theoretical accounts are developed to explain these data. We hope that this research topic will not only give a snapshot of the current state of this literature, but also help to build a more integrated explanatory framework for the dopaminergic foundations of human personality.
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