From adrenaline to dopamine, our lives are shaped by the chemicals that control us. They are the hormones and neurotransmitters that our brains run on, and Overloaded looks at the roles they play in all aspects of our experiences, from how we make decisions, who we love, what we remember to basic survival drives such as hunger, fear and sleep.
Author Ginny Smith explores what these tiny molecules do: what roles do cortisol and adrenaline play in memory formation? How do hormones and neurotransmitters affect the trajectory of our romantic relationships? Ginny meets scientists at the cutting-edge of brain chemistry research who are uncovering unexpected connections between these crucial chemicals. An eye-opening route through the remarkable world of neuro-transmitters, Overloaded unveils the chemicals inside each of us that touch every facet of our lives.
Ginny Smith is a science writer and presenter with a background in neuroscience and psychology. As the founder of Braintastic! Science, she presents shows at schools and festivals. She also teaches at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education and shares her storytelling skills as a science communication trainer and consultant. Ginny hosts the British Psychological Society's Psych Crunch podcast, and is a regular presenter on the Cosmic Shambles Network.