Scientists Find It’s All in The Wiring for Those Likely To Try Out New, Exciting Experiences

November 24, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Scientists have discovered, the appeal of the new is all in the mind, depending on how your brain is wired. Whether you are the adventurous type or one that doesn’t care for change is all down to how your brain is wired, according scientists.

German researchers at Bonn university asked 20 young men and women to gauge their attitudes to change or ‘ novelty seeking’. They have found that the strength of links between two key parts of the brain affect how we respond to new experiences.
Scans showed the easily bored on-the-go types had strong connections between the hippocampus (the memory hub) and another part of the brain called the ventral stratium.

It is thought that when the memory hub fails to recognise an experience it sends a message through the white matter  –  fibreladen tissue which carries messages  –  to the ventral stratium. This releases chemicals which produce a feeling of pleasure.

The Bonn university team found that in those who constantly seek new experiences, the connections between the two areas were particularly good.


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