Candy on the brain

Imaging reveals brain regions that become active when you want someone else’s stuff

By Stephen Ornes, 13:02 PM June 11, 2012

The next time you find yourself craving a sweet, irresistible piece of candy in someone else’s hands, remember this: You can’t help it. Your brain is built to covet.

In a new study, French scientists identified which parts of the brain play a part in this kind of craving. Their findings may help explain why an object seems more appealing when it belongs to someone else.

The researchers traced the thought of wanting someone else’s stuff to the mirror neuron system in the brain. Neurons ar...

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