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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)

Check out more chilli facts in my Chilli Facts section or gorw some of your own to make you happy too usign these tips

to get your happiness levels up I would reccomend trying out one of the sauces below. Just Click on the picture to get hold of some and enjoy!

Dave's Mini 12 PackDa' Bomb Ground Zero

(1) Paul Rozin1 and Deborah Schiller, Paul; Schiller, Deborah (1980). "The nature and acquisition of a preference for chili pepper by humans". Motivation and Emotion 4 (1): 77–101.
(2) Chef fed chilli in brain experiment

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