A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Denmark has proven Christmas fondness is written in the brain. It appears that the structure of our brain can dictate our predilection towards Christmas.
Some people love Christmas and they spend the whole year waiting for the jolly season to arrive. Others, feel constantly depresses and they cannot wait for the ordeal to be finally over. These feelings have prompted psychologists to conclude that the spirit of Christmas resides in our souls.
The new study from Denmark proves the opposite: the brain is the true location of our Christmas spirit. For the current study researchers have scanned the brain activity of 20 people. Half of them were chosen based on their predilection for Christmas, while the other for the bah humbug feeling they usually get around the Christmas holidays.
During the experiment, participants were asked to watch a collection of Christmas-related photos and neutral photos, while MRI scans were being performed on their brains. At the end of the experiment, researchers have concluded that MRI scans looked different for people who loved Christmas, compared to the ones of people who disliked Christmas.
To be more specific, there are special regions in our brain that determine our feelings for winter holidays, researchers have concluded. These are usually located in the premotor cortex, the left primary motor, as well as the inferior and superior parietal lobule on the right side of the brain. MRI images have further revealed that the bilateral primary somatosensory cortex is also activated when people look at Christmas photos.
While the first attempts to discover the exact location of our Christmas spirit were made, it is yet too early to assume that all people have the same brain activity when it comes to Christmas. In the future, scientists plan to re-create the study on a larger group of participants to prove whether the Christmas spirit is truly in our brain.
Researchers hope the small study will help people better understand their negative or positive feelings towards Christmas. Hopefully, they will find better treatments for the so-called Christmas depression that affects large groups of people during this time of the year.
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