Social Butterfly? Larger Brain!

She’s no ditz! In fact, that social butterfly we love to rib, may indeed have a brain… and larger than others!

It’s the amygdala, no less.

Brain scans of 58 volunteers in a preliminary study conducted at Northeastern University in Boston, indicated that the bigger the amygdala, which is at the center of a brain network integral for socializing, the more friends and family the volunteers reported seeing regularly.

But does having a bigger amygdala lead to more friends, or does socializing with a lot of friends create a bigger amygdala?

Next study, my friends!

21. December 2010 by Ruth Folger Weiss
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