When it comes to your moods, decisions and behaviour, the brain in your head is not the only one doing the thinking
IT’S been a tough morning. You were late for work, missed a crucial meeting and now your boss is mad at you. Come lunchtime you walk straight past the salad bar and head for the stodge. You can’t help yourself - at times of stress the brain encourages us to seek out comfort foods. That much is well known. What you probably don’t know, though, is that the real culprit may not be the brain in your skull but your other brain.
Yes, that’s right, your other brain. Your body contains a separate nervous system that is so complex it has been dubbed the second brain. It comprises an estimated 500 million neurons - about five times as many as in the brain of a rat - and is around 9 metres long, stretching from your oesophagus to your anus. It is this brain that could be responsible for your craving under stress for crisps, chocolate and cookies.
Embedded in the wall of the gut, the enteric nervous system (ENS) has long been known to control digestion. Now it seems it also plays an important role in our physical and mental well-being. It can work both independently of and in conjunction with the brain in your head and, although you are not conscious of your gut “thinking”, the ENS helps you sense environmental threats, and then influences your response. “A lot of the information that the gut sends to the brain affects well-being, and doesn’t even come to consciousness,” says Michael Gershon at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York.
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my feelings exactly before Xmas.
Thanks to Elysse who colored this.
these are AWESOME and I want them all
Explained how to pick colors for your painting, and how to limit it in the way that works. Best color choice tutorial I have seen so far.
Snowbound Art Stream - Ask questions you have about Snowbound in chat!
Live streaming right now at this channel for snowbound project. :) Its until 9pm if you want to check it out.
Here’s another reminder that the Snowbound stream event is tonight at 9 PM EST! Tonight will only be one hour, but we’ll have Finni working on art. As before, you can ask any questions you have about Snowbound and I’ll answer them!
You’ll be able to watch the stream here: …
I made the animation for Snowbound’s indiegogo campaign. :)