Deep in the brain, the amygdala – helping us respond to predator and prey (and now fluffy puppies…).
Originally shared by James Clement
Intuitively, this should come as no surprise, but learning where it’s centered in the brain, is indeed interesting.
“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, lead author on the paper and a former postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Biology at Caltech. “This preference extends to cute as well as ugly or dangerous animals and appears to be independent of the emotional contents of the pictures. Remarkably, we find this response behavior only in the right and not in the left amygdala.”