12 Sep '11, 4am

Humans Are Hardwired to Respond to Animals, Says Study - Treehugger

According to a press-release from UCLA, researchers recruited 41 epilepsy patients and monitored activity in their amygdalae, an area located deep within the brain which is believed to regulate emotions, in response to visual stimuli -- photos of people, buildings, and animals, respectively. Since most previous studies into amygdalae focused on reactions to human faces, neuroscientists were surprised to find that they didn't elicit the most profound reaction. "Our study shows that neurons in the human amygdala respond preferentially to pictures of animals, meaning that we saw the most amount of activity in cells when the patients looked at cats or snakes versus buildings or people," says Florian Mormann of CalTech, and the study's lead author. "This preference extends to cute as well as ugly or dangerous animals and appears to be independent of the emotional contents of th...

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