Are you crazy with a bitter gin and tonic? Or do you favour the teeth in a halvmoden grapefruit?
A new study points to a correlation between the ability to taste the bitter and the size of the brain. It writes the University of Queensland in a press release, according to the Science.dk.
however, It is not certain that you with a gin and tonic in hand can convince the others in the bar that you are smarter than them. The studio acted not on intelligence, but specifically about the size of the brain.
- whether you like tonicvand or not, so will people with larger brains typically think it is less bitter than others, says Daniel Hwang, who is behind the new study.
More than 1600 people from Australia and the UNITED states have participated in the experiment.the Size of their brains was measured using an MRI scanner They were asked to rank their tastes, with a variety of sweet and bitter products
Among other things had the taste of the drug quinine which is a bitter key ingredient in tonicvand.
It turned out that the left side of a small part of the brain called the entorhinal cortex - an area that controls memory, sense of smell and visual perception - was greater in the-injected subjects who took quinine less bitter.
Daniel Hwangs hope is that the study of the term can be used to develop new methods for the treatment of eating disorders, which focus on specific parts of the brain involved with taste to do.
He imagines that one will be able to stimulate these areas with, for example, so-called transcranial magnetic stimulation - a method in which a machine with the coils creates magnetic fields, and temporarily puts the neurons in the brain out of the game.
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