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Assuming there's not a neurological dysfunction underlying sleep deprivation (which is even more possible with Aspergers as sleep dysfunction is a typical comorbidity) it can simply be a learned behavior. The more you do something (whether you particularly "enjoy" it or not) the more likely you are to build it up as a habit. Procedural memory is always at ...


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Not aware of any studies on this topic. I think this is a tricky question because of the nature of sleeping. Hypersomnia does not fit in with physiological nor psychological dependence because of the following (from the proposed DSM-V revision, but similar enough to the DSM-IV-TR) symptom: "The sleep periods are non-restorative (unrefreshing) or so ...


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The frequency of a behavior is not what makes that behavior an addiction. For example, take walking. Most people take hundreds, if not thousands of steps each day. Nevertheless walking is not considered an addiction in most cases. Why? It is not something that the organism must do to survive, it is a voluntary behavior, yet no-one would think you addicted ...


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"Nor can I see potential for one to become psychologically dependent or addicted to sleep." I believe someone can become "psychologically dependent on sleep". I am 47 and have used sleep for 40 years to escape from life. I typically sleep 4-6 hours too much each day. I don't really physically need this sleep, since I then am often awake the next night ...


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This is not my area, but I think the definition of addiction is contentious for many reasons. Addiction often has normative implications; i.e., that addiction is bad. It can imply an inability to not do the act. It doesn't seem useful to me to talk about being addicted to the needs necessary for survival, such as breathing, eating, excreting, modulating ...


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This is a part answer, which only refers to the concept of resilience. One of the first studies that invesigated resilience was the Kauai-Study, which was a longitudinal study of a cohort in Hawai to investigate the cognitive, social and physical development of children. (Werner and Smith, 1982) Of the children who had to deal with a couple of risk factors ...


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Gary Wilson notes that porn combined with masturbation could be an addiction. Masturbation by itself, however, seems to be completely natural. There seems to be two schools of thought on this topic: (i) masturbation is addiction, (ii) masturbation is not an addiction. People note that porn is an addiction due to the novelty of it. Also sex addiction is not ...


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This is a primary subject of study in game studies and ludology, which are domains of theory and research unto themselves. Moreover, the question as it pertains to games might be interesting to ask over on Arqade, though I can't guarantee it would be "on topic" enough for their community. You might find the following questions from Arqade interesting, as ...


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It seems that genetic plays significant roles in dopamine addiction: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22350797 And also a study of "born-addicts": http://www.addictscience.com/genetics-d2/ But also it is connected to ADHD studies. It is well known that people with ADHD are vulnerable to addiction. They think it is because reward deficiency system: ...


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Sugar can induce addiction based on mesolimbic dopamine... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2714381/ That is the main effect on behavior... Also sugar intake will have efects on insulin and vice versa: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02342828 So answer is yes... it is possible that we act differently, especially after long exposure ...


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You are what you eat right? I guess that would probably apply with how internal physiological responses to food consumption may result in various behaviours. According to Flora and Polenick (2013), there are some counter-intuitive evidence about sugar and its effects on human behaviour: "To this point, what is known about the effects of sugar ...


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According to Dr Piotr Wozniak, no. Oversleeping To summarize what Dr Wozniak says, people need sleep to optimize memory. While there is an evolutionary benefit to overeating (conserving fat for the future), there is none to oversleeping. Sleepiness is a combination of a circadian component (the hours you usually sleep) a homeostatic component (e.g. ...


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For something to be considered a mental disorder worthy of it's own definition, it needs to have some really strong effects that are consistently different from others definitions and are not explained by co-morbidity of others. ADHD, OCD, and Tourettes all exhibit co-morbidity and common brain regions, but since the symptoms and treatment differ so ...



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