Fascinating new information about the science of love! Apparently, the feeling of falling in love is similar to the “euphoria” of taking cocaine, not that I know anything about that. According to a Syracuse University study, when a person “falls in love,” 12 parts of the brain work together to release crazy amounts of dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression, which, uh, I guess also happens when you’re channeling Tony Montana and snorting a mountain of coke. And it happens quick — that perfect cocktail of chemicals release in only about a fifth of a second. Keep reading »
Cupcakes and brains. Two great tastes that go great together! Just make sure that the zombies don’t get to them first. These tasty cranium delights are made of “red velvet raspberry cake with French vanilla cream cheese frosting and a chocolate brain” and were created by Pamela Frantz using these Bite Size Brains Candy Molds. We love. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
Love seems elusive. Sure, we’ve loved and been in love, but we’ve never known exactly why or how it happens, or if we love one person differently than another. But that could soon change. Writer A.J. Jacobs underwent an MRI while looking at photos of his wife and Angelina Jolie so scientists could study his brain activity. They believe love is the result of a “chemical cocktail,” as Jacobs calls it, based on a person’s sex drive, and feelings of attachment.
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Last week, we asked you whether you’d want to be called a slut or fat. More of you picked slut over fat (1,573 vs. 689). Obviously, perceived promiscuity is a less hurtful label to Frisky readers than assaults on our appearance, even if we’re playing into archaic ideals. But when it’s a choice of brains versus beauty, women are still conflicted, according to a an Oxygen network poll of more than 2,000 women aged 18 to 34. Keep reading »
Gay men and straight women share some characteristics in the area of the brain responsible for emotion, mood, and anxiety, researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute wrote in a study, and heterosexual men and homosexual women’s brain scans were not symmetric, with the right hemisphere slightly larger than the left. Following this study, which suggests that nature has a role in sexuality, researchers are wondering whether doctors will be able to look at the brains of newborn babies and predict their future sexual preference. Further investigation is needed, but this could make coming out to parents a whole lot easier. Child: I’m gay! Parent: We’ve known since you were a newborn! [Reuters] Keep reading »