Neuroscience Explains the Bieber-Fever Pandemic

26 Jun

Have you been affected by, or know anyone affected by the Bieber-fever?

Urban Dictionary (the DSM of pop artist infatuation diseases) classifies the Bieber-fever as a highly dangerous and, in some cases, contagious disease (usually contagious to friends and mothers of those affected):

Diagnoses: Bieber fever 

Symptoms: obsessive thoughts of Justin Bieber, stroke, heart attack, and seizure possibilities if meeting him, crying hysterically, screaming at a shrieking tone, fainting, and falling in love. Falling in love is most likely permanent and irreversible.

If you have heart conditions or medical issues, you should consult with your doctor before watching him on TV, looking at a picture of him, or meeting him in person. It is most common in young girls.”

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin observed the brain using fMRI while adolescents listen to their favourite music and found that dopamine was released in the brain, providing a pleasure rush. This may help to explain the mass hysteria of the affected pre-teen and teen “Beliebers”.

Dr Levitin states that such a dopamine rush influences both male and female adolescents, but that girls of this age group are more likely to form pop-star obsessions as an outlet for romantic and sexual feelings simultaneously developing during puberty.

While some argue that Bieber-fever is just another harmless hobby for most adolescents – similar to the hype surrounding boybands of previous generations (The Beatles, Backstreet Boys, Elvis, etc.) – others such as psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein remain worried about the spreading fever:

 “Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing even slightly developmentally normal or healthy about ‘Bieber Fever’ and similar teen extremisms.”


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Fans of composer and pianist Franz Liszt threw their garments at him and fought over locks of his hair.

Read more about the Neuroscience of Bieber-fever here. 


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