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Viewing art gives same pleasure as being in love

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Viewing art gives same pleasure as being in love

Looking at an artistic masterpiece such as a Constable, Botticelli or Turner can give you the same pleasure as being in love, research has found.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent4:54PM BST 08 May 2011

The same part of the brain that is excited when you fall for someone romantically is stimulated when you stare at great works of beauty, researchers have discovered.

Nicotine and cocaine leave similar mark on brain after first contact

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Comments: First thing to note from this study is that the "rush or high" of a drug, may not correlate to the addictiveness. This is an important concept as one argument against the existnce of porn addiction (or food addictions) is that cannot match the dopamine levels of meth or cocaine. The levels of dopamine for nicotine are below orgasm, yet we know how addictive it is.

Moderate levels of secondhand smoke deliver nicotine to the brain (read other study also)

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Comments: Besides the obvious, it's known that one addiction can sensitize the brain for other addictions. Note the other study I posted that states nicotine has brain level effects equivelant to cocaine.

Moderate levels of secondhand smoke deliver nicotine to the brain
NIH-funded study shows how secondhand smoke may increase vulnerability to nicotine addiction

Antibiotics that reduce gut bacteria linked to obesity

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Comments: I posted this because it is interesting, and lots of people now deal with this issue. In addition, perhaps the mechanism involves gut flora affecting brain structures governing reward or dopamine, stimulating the desire to overeat. Who knows?

Antibiotics that reduce gut bacteria linked to obesity
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Scientists believe that the widespread use of antibiotics may be playing a significant role in exacerbating the obesity epidemic.

Teddy Bears Soften Pain of Social Exclusion

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Teddy Bears Soften Pain of Social Exclusion

New research from Singapore suggests touching a stuffed animal can counteract the tendency of ostracized people to engage in antisocial behavior.
By Tom Jacobs

We’ve all been there: The gang is going out for some fun, and we haven’t been invited. To hell with them, we think. In fact, to hell with everybody.

Positive effects of depression

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Positive effects of depression
May 4th, 2011 in Psychology & Psychiatry

Sadness, apathy, preoccupation. These traits come to mind when people think about depression, the world's most frequently diagnosed mental disorder. Yet, forthcoming research in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology provides evidence that depression has a positive side-effect.

Add Inches!! (No, Really, Men Can Make It Longer)

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Add Inches!! (No, Really, Men Can Make It Longer)
By Meredith Melnick Friday, April 22, 2011

Don't worry, you didn't just accidentally click on spam email. Though most advertised penis-enlargement methods are bogus, a new review of 10 existing studies suggests that some non-surgical techniques really can increase the length of a man's organ.

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