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Gut feeling in our brain

July 29, 2014


Some believe in premonition, others do not. Those who trust their gut feeling, that something is going to happen, even when there is no definite reason for it, are now backed by science. A tiny little part of our brain, smaller than a pea, is the culprit.

Researchers have recently put habenula under scrutiny, just to find out an unusual role it plays. This small part of the brain is storing events followed by something nasty. It is our personal collection of all the bad memories we are gathering over the years. So, what is the point of maintaining them? When similar circumstances appear that are already written in our memory, habenula lights up triggering the feeling that something bad is coming our way.

Our personal premonition device should help us navigate through life more smoothly. However, what happens when habenula starts to make mistakes and is sending bad signals even when there is no adverse memory stored? Researchers believe it might trigger depression. People who disbelieve gut feeling may have a point; the warning is not coming from the guts, it is coming from the brain.


From → Hic Salta

  1. O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
    Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap
    May who ne’er hung there.


  2. Great picture..I’m a great believer in the power of the gut, whether it is truly my brain or not! xxx


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