Dopamine turnover in Asperger Syndrome

This website is a showcase for my writing. However, I don’t just write fiction. Three years ago, I got myself diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS), which remains a poorly-understood condition, particularly in women. Following my diagnosis, I set out to understand the causes and effects of AS.

In short, I did a great deal of reading and delved deeply into the scientific literature, which itself is far from reaching a consensus. My reading pointed towards AS being a hypo-dopaminergic disorder (similiar to ADHD, although very different in its visible symptoms) and this is the idea I pursued. To order my thoughts, I began to write them down.

This evolved into a scientific paper of my own, which is a review of the literature on hypo-dopaminergic conditions and my hypothesis on how AS fits into this model. Since I am not a qualified neurologist attached to an academic institution, paying the fee necessary for publication in a recognised scientific journal is beyond my means, although I would greatly prefer to publish it following peer-review. Therefore I present my paper here in the hope that it might eventually contribute in some way to the ongoing research on AS.

4 thoughts on “Dopamine turnover in Asperger Syndrome

  1. I don’t know if many researchers have fans, but you are now an example of a researcher with at least one devoted fan.

  2. Dopamine has been similarly observed to regulate social reward-seeking behaviour in animals: male starlings with reduced dopamine signalling stop singing to attract mates. Female starlings with reduced DA signalling become less likely to respond to male overtures.

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