Brain Science

Hello Guildies, I hope you've been having a great week! 

I came across the article, Master Sommeliers have thicker brains on Decanter and found the following quote worth sharing:

"Researchers in the latest study found that both the right insula and entorhinal cortex were larger and more developed in master sommeliers versus a control group of ‘normal’ people."  

Read more at https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/master-sommelier-brains-thicker-study-330911/#4OfPfImKp61HbkYp.99" 

Interestingly enough, Nature Medicine 24658666 (2018) published a study, Stimulation of entorhinal cortex-dentate gyrus circuitry is antidepressive,.which was summarized by Brainpost who said, 

"This is the first study to show that activity in the entorhinal-hippocampal circuit results in both the formation of new neurons in the hippocampus and antidepressive behaviors in mice.  Altering activity in this entorhinal cortex circuit - previously appreciated only as a memory circuit - by stimulating it could be a new way to reduce symptoms of depression in humans".

https://www.brainpost.co/weekly-brainpost/2018/4/24/8c5sh4l6h1ve7ffihdzgfe0zkxuyks

Which makes me wonder, do you think that blind tasting can result in stress reduction? Or does stress reduction make learning blind tasting easier? 

 Also, does anyone have any recommendations on similar or exciting articles? 

Best Wishes,

Jennifer