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  • Published: 3 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761346378
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $36.99

The Dopamine Brain

Your Science-Backed Guide to Balancing Pleasure and Purpose




Clinical psychologist and founder of the Australian Institute of Human Wellness Dr Anastasia Hronis lifts the lid on dopamine to help us live by intention, not impulse.

Have you ever felt like you're lacking control over certain habits?

Are you curious about the neuroscience behind addictive behaviours?

What if you could understand how the brain works, and use that knowledge to regain control over your habits and lead a more fulfilling life?

Sex, shopping, eating, social media, drugs and gambling are just some of the things that can trigger a release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is involved in the brain’s reward system. The overindulgence of certain pursuits can disrupt the level of dopamine in our brain, which can steer us towards habits that do not align with our core values.

Fortunately, The Dopamine Brain offers a clear and practical way to help people find balance and harmony in their lives. The book is divided into three parts that weaves in the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, case studies and reflective questions.

The first part delves into the inner workings of the brain, helping you understand how dopamine works and identify activities that dopamine might have you hooked on. This next part encourages you to explore and reflect on your core values and building a life that is meaningful, enduring and satisfying. The last part will help you to make the change with the help of sound psychological techniques.

By the end of this guide, Dr Hronis will help you feel empowered to make both pleasurable and purposeful choices, leading to a full, rich and meaningful life.

  • Published: 3 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761346378
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $36.99

About the author

Anastasia Hronis

Dr Anastasia Hronis is a clinical psychologist, working across both clinical practice and academia in Sydney. She is also the founder of the Australian Institute for Human Wellness.

Dr Hronis sees clients for therapy who present with a broad range of mental health concerns but has special interest in working with those suffering from addictions. Her main area of research is also in addictions, with a specific focus on gambling. Over the last few years, she has been contacted by media and news outlets to discuss the topic of dopamine and addictions.

Anastasia also provides individual psychological therapy, group therapy programs, coaching courses and workshops. She has wide range of experience working in both the public and private sectors. She has presented at a number of national and international conferences and has published research in top rated journals. She lectures and researches at the University of Technology Sydney and has published in a number of prestigious academic journals.

She has also presented on her research at national and international conferences, including the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in Berlin and the International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology in London.