The Unique Brain Of A ‘Social Butterfly!’


christmas party at linda lees The Unique Brain Of A Social Butterfly!

I am a total ‘social butterfly’, always have been since I was a little girl. I was always in trouble in school, every single report card since Kindergarten,  made mention that ‘Linda needs to spend less time socializing!’ But apparently, I just have a ‘large  amygdala’ which is the part of the brain that controls ‘socializing’…

Do you spend time with a lot of friends? That might mean a particular part of your brain is larger than usual. It’s the amygdala, which lies deep inside. Brain scans of volunteers indicated that the ‘bigger the amygdala,’ the more friends and family the volunteers reported seeing on a regular basis.  The amygdala is at the center of the brain network that’s important for socializing but what the study can’t determine, is whether having a bigger amygdala leads to more friends or if socializing with a lot of friends creates a bigger amygdala.

In a world where its normal to have hundreds of Facebook friends, how many true friends would you say that you really have?

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