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Science explores the roots of compulsive thinking

Cravings for knowledge linked to endorphins.

Inquiring minds need their fix!

Battle Panda scores some primo dope:

Neuroscientists have proposed a simple explanation for the pleasure of grasping a new concept: The brain is getting its fix. The "click" of comprehension triggers a biochemical cascade that rewards the brain with a shot of natural opium-like substances, said Irving Biederman of the University of Southern California. He presents his theory in an invited article in the latest issue of American Scientist.

[Battle Panda, Science Blog]

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Lindsay Beyerstein a New York writer blogging at Majikthise.