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Science Discovers Brain Cells That Cause Optimism October 24, 2007

Posted by Michael in Science.
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Hope springs eternal and we sing that the sun will come out tomorrow despite the lack of hard evidence to support upbeat forecasts.

That’s true. When I am hiding in the bushes in Kevlarchick’s yard, gazing at her through the minblinds, I am eternally hopeful.

Optimism is a common human trait. For instance, people tend to expect to live longer and be more successful than average, and underestimate their chances of getting divorced.

I don’t like where this is going. It sounds to me like they’re trying to tell me I don’t really have a chance with Kevlarchick.

To find out how the brain generates optimism for the future, researchers at New York University scanned the brains of 15 volunteers while they imagined possible future life events, such as “winning an award” or “the end of a romantic relationship.”

The scientists discovered positive future events led to increased activity in the same brain clusters that seem to malfunction in depression—the amygdala, which helps form and store emotional memories, and the rostral anterior cingulate, which helps regulate emotional responses. The researchers also found that when volunteers had optimistic personalities, as rated by psychological exams, these brain clusters activated more.

What a crock. These science dorks are trying to tell me that my fantasies about Kevlarchick are the result of an overactive amygdala and rostral anterior cingulate. Like, I’m out there in the cold and rain, shivering behind the bushes, for nothing.  No way. They just don’t understand the relationship.

Scientists Learn Why Hope Springs Eternal

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1. Mr Minority - October 24, 2007

Michael,
Don’t let all those junk scientist scare you off, think positive.

You are going to get a glimpse of KC nekkid through the mini-blinds, you are! you are!!

Until the cops come and bust your cold and shivering ass.

2. Michael - October 24, 2007

I know! It’s inevitable, I just need to be patient.

3. Farmer Joe - October 24, 2007

Wait? How can she be naked? I thought she was covered with kevlar.

4. geoff - October 24, 2007

I thought she was covered with kevlar.

Naw. I reckon she’s made of kevlar.

5. eddiebear - October 25, 2007

^umm, don’t you have to worry about Mr. KC as well? I’m sure he’s not wild about guys looking into his house.

6. Dave in Texas - October 25, 2007

They got a dog too, I think she said it was a hall pit-bull half poodle mix.

Not much of a guard dog but he’s a viscious gossip.

7. BrewFan - October 25, 2007

*rim shot for dave*

8. wiserbud - October 25, 2007

Science Discovers Brain Cells That Cause Optimism

Oh, this will never work.

9. Anonymous - October 25, 2007

Michael, did you see the new color on my bedroom walls? What do you think? Really brightens up the place. Chilly last night, wasn’t it?

I’m made of kevlar AND teflon. Protects, reflects, deflects, but never infects.

10. kevlarchick - October 25, 2007

#9 was me. Duh.

11. Dave in Texas - October 25, 2007

I can’t spell vicious.

12. Muslihoon - October 25, 2007

Better than being viscous, Dave.

13. Sobek - October 25, 2007

Oh, poodles can be viscous, all right. Ever try putting one in a blender?

14. Muslihoon - October 25, 2007

I’ll have to check with Glenn Reynolds on that, Sobek.

15. Sobek - October 25, 2007

Just take my word for it.

16. Dave in Texas - October 25, 2007

I coulda changed it but look how that worked out for the snot-nosed reporter.

17. Michael - October 25, 2007

Michael, did you see the new color on my bedroom walls? What do you think? Really brightens up the place.

Yes, the new paint job looks great. It really brings out the rosy color of your tender female flesh kevlar suit.

Chilly last night, wasn’t it?

Damn right, and I wasn’t really dressed for the rain either.

18. geoff - October 25, 2007

Damn right, and I wasn’t really dressed for the rain either.

If you were ever apprehended, and you were British, you could blame it on the sleepwalking.


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