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Do neurotransmitters effect emotions or do emotions effect neurotransmitters? which comes first?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Consensus is: that neurotransmitters affect our subjective experiences--feelings and thoughts, and lots of other mental events (pain, sensorimotor impressions, taste, vision, hearing, vestibular functions; you name it). If the hardware is in place, then external events can produce reactions in them, so subjectively it seems that emotions and thoughts trigger internal states. Its probably a two-way street.

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