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Tag Archives: Brain

• How to fool a wine snob…or anyone! Try this simple trick

How to fool a wine snob…or anyone! Try this simple trick

If you want to trick your guests into thinking the cheap wine you’re serving is a special vintage, simply lie to them about how expensive it it.  Research has found that people rate wine better if they are told it is pricey. And the experts said so-called ‘price prejudice’ can blind people to the actual […]

• People are ‘most attractive’ after one drink. But after two?

People are ‘most attractive’ after one drink. But after two?

Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol makes you appear more attractive to others, a new study has found. (duh) Research at Bristol University found that the intake of a single alcoholic drink could make people seem more attractive due to the relaxation of facial muscles, dilating pupils and flushed cheeks – indicating good physical health […]

• Coffee vs. beer: Which drink makes you more creative?

Coffee vs. beer: Which drink makes you more creative?

I didn’t know what I was going to write about today. When this happens, normally I grab a coffee to help get the ideas flowing, but for the last few days in Montreal, no one’s been allowed to drink the water due to a bacteria leakage, which also means, no coffee. So instead, I grabbed […]

• The science behind ‘beer goggles’ explained

The science behind ‘beer goggles’ explained

A senior lecturer at Durham University’s Department of Psychology has revealed that the area of the brain that makes us want to mate is the key to the so-called “beer goggles” effect. In her new book, “Getting Your Head Around the Brain”, Dr Amanda Ellison explains that men and women do not see each other […]

• See Your Brain on Booze

See Your Brain on Booze

The human brain is a tangled mess of somewhere between 80 and 120-billion neurons, and these neurons are continuously creating and breaking trillions of connections with one another. What the incongruous results of Nutt and Vollenweider call attention to is the fact that neuroimaging studies have to approach the complexity of the brain from as […]

• Study shows how alcohol makes us feel so good…duh

Study shows how alcohol makes us feel so good…duh

We drink for the buzz, and researchers have learned how alcohol makes us feel so good — some more so than others. Alcohol was probably the first mind-altering drug people came to rely on for a regular high, but exactly how it produces its buzz isn’t clear yet.  Now a new study finds that the […]

• Hour by hour, how excess tippling plays havoc with your mind and body

Hour by hour, how excess tippling plays havoc with your mind and body

Why is that first festive drink so cheering — and why can’t you stop there? And what exactly makes you feel so dreadful the morning after? As the Christmas party season gets into full swing, we ask the experts what happens to the body during and after drinking alcohol — and how you can minimise […]

• Teen girls’ brains hit harder by booze

Teen girls’ brains hit harder by booze

BINGE drinking can have a long-lasting negative effect on the brains of teenaged girls, hitting them harder than it does young boys, a study shows. The study by researchers from the University of California, San Diego and Stanford University found that girls who binge drink – defined as having four or more drinks for women […]