Today in Research: Brain Defects and Personality; Smelly Foods

Discovered: A camera that can see around corners, why we don't eat smelly foods, the super-Earth is not so super, noise pollution is also bad for plants, and abnormal brain development might determine personality.

  • Why we don't eat smelly foods. We didn't realize that not eating smelly foods was a thing, because we quite like smelly foods. But science says it's a thing and has also discovered the reason behind the aversion. Our brains and taste-buds tell us to take smaller bites of things with strong aromas because the smaller bites make us taste the food less than bigger ones. "Perhaps, in keeping with the idea that smaller bites are associated with lower flavor sensations from the food and that, there is an unconscious feedback loop using bite size to regulate the amount of flavour experienced," explained researcher Rene A de Wijk. All of this, one day, could be used as some sort of dieting scheme. [BioMed Central Limited]
  • If you have this type of personality you might have a brain defect. Are you both gregarious and anxious? (Yes....) Well it might have something to do with abnormal brain development, which causes a disease called Williams Syndrome, according to research out of the NIH. "Scans of the brain's tissue composition, wiring, and activity produced converging evidence of genetically-caused abnormalities in the structure and function of the front part of the insula and in its connectivity to other brain areas in the circuit," explained researcher Karen Berman. [Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences]

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