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Saturday, 18 December 2010
Chillis Make you Happy - Heston Blumenthal Tests Theory.
Psychology - Chillis Make you Happy
Psychologist Paul Rozin suggests that eating chilis is an example of a "constrained risk" like riding a roller coaster, in which extreme sensations like pain and fear can be enjoyed because individuals know that these sensations are not actually harmful. This method lets people experience extreme feelings without any risk of bodily harm. (1) I have read chef Heston Blumenthal gave his chef some chilli oil and monitored their brain activity on a MRI scan. It showed the part of the brain which registers heat was right next to the part of the brain which makes us feel happy! (7)