02 Sep '11, 5am

Why We're So Drawn to Animals: It's In Our Brains | Care2 Causes

Why We're So Drawn to Animals: It's In Our Brains | Care2 Causes

Who can pass the window of a pet store without pausing to look at the puppies or parakeets? Researchers at Caltech have found that our brains have individual cells that “fire” specifically when we see an animal — a dog, a spider, a mouse — but not a person, place or object. Christof Koch and other researchers discovered the cells while studying the brains of 41 neurosurgical patients who were about to have surgery for severe epilepsy, as reported in Nature Neuroscience . Electrodes were placed deep in the patients’ brains to find the source of their seizures. Researchers took note about how various parts of the brain responded to seeing certain images. They found that only the amygdala — an almond-shaped region of the brain associated with emotions including fear — had cells that responded when seeing images of animals: That makes sense, Koch says because the amygdala “see...

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care2.com 01 Sep '11, 7pm

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care2.com 03 Sep '11, 2am

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care2.com 02 Sep '11, 1am

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care2.com 03 Sep '11, 9pm

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care2.com 02 Sep '11, 6am

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Japan Dolphins Day | Care2 Causes

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care2.com 04 Sep '11, 11am

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mnn.com 03 Sep '11, 12pm

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care2.com 03 Sep '11, 4pm

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care2.com 28 Aug '11, 5am

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care2.com 11 Sep '11, 8am

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care2.com 01 Sep '11, 10pm

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