One Way That Scientists’ Brains Are Different From Other People’s

A bizarre research study has revealed that neuroscientists are more excited at the prospect of seeing their names in prominent research journals than they are by piles of money. Given the not-so-glamorous salaries of academic researchers, this probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. But the clever part of the study is really in exploring how people’s experiences as adults can alter the way our brains function. Neuroscientist Michel Paulus and his colleagues put other neuroscientists in an fMRI machine to measure activity in a brain region called the nucleus accumbens, often called the brain’s “reward center.” This part of the brain dances with electrical activity when we enjoy a reward, whether that’s a Nobel Prize, an orgasm, or a shot of heroin (yes, the nucleus accumbens is also…


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