Whether or not you believe in the paranormal may depend onyour brain chemistry. Peter Brugger, of the UniversityHospital in Zurich, Switzerland, thinks people with highlevels of dopamine are more likely to find significance incoincidences, and pick out meanings and patterns where nonereally exist.
Dopamine is part of the brain’s reward and motivationsystem. It?s thought that addicts may have naturally lowlevels of dopamine.
Brugger experimented on 20 ?believers? and 20 skeptics. Histeam asked the two groups to distinguish real faces fromscrambled ones as the images flashed by briefly on a screen.Next they were asked to identify real words from fake ones,as scrambled letters flashed past them.