Yes, it would be really interesting to see studies involving exposure to political news, and dopamine-related diseases such as Parksinson's.

I’ve referenced the role that excessive dopamine plays in schizophrenia and Parkinson’s related hallucinations and delusions.
A couple of months ago, @tweetmix had an interesting observation about the potential interplay between his/her dad's Parkinson's and FOXNews consumption: 4/
Lately, I've been thinking about the effect that exposure to conspiracy theories would have on someone who is already experiencing excessive levels of dopamine. 7/
If someone is already teetering on dopamine induced delusions....and then consumes Qanon-like delusional would theoretically have a compounding effect. 8/
Obviously, schizophrenia would be an extreme example, but it provides context, and could be scaled back as necessary... 9/
...but imagine exposing someone with schizophrenia to bizarre Qanon conspiracies...or telling them that a secret cabal created the vaccines to depopulate the world.

It doesn't take much imagination to conceptualize a completely paranoid, unhinged, delusional response. 10/
But what if it isn't someone with schizophrenia?

What if it's just someone who is obsessed with high-conflict political news? What if it's just a "normal" person who is "self-medicating" with their obsessive consumption of dopamine-producing political news? 11/
What if, similar to when Parkinson's medication overshoots the mark, this person experiences an "overdose" of dopamine due to self-medicating with "anticipation", and bias-confirming news? 12/
With Parkinson's/schizophrenia, or even with cocaine overdose, an individual can experience severe delusions. We often see this with the severely mentally ill homeless.

But what if the self-medicating dopamine "overdose" resulted in only minor alterations to perception? 13/
What if, while in this slightly altered state, someone was exposed to a conspiracy theory about a deep state cabal using vaccines to depopulate the world? Might this otherwise "normal"/healthy person feel compelled to show up to a school board meeting?: 14/
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