Chances are AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad won’t get a spinoff all about cheese, because the—admittedly irresistible—form of dairy has not been proven to be addictive. Participants of a two-part University of Michigan study were subjected to the Yale Food Addiction Scale, a questionnaire that instructed them to point out foods that elicit pleasurable feelings and foods that are problematic.
They concluded that fatty and processed foods are more likely to cause “addiction-like” behaviors and may share pharmacokinetic qualities (high dose, rapid rate of absorption) with commonly abused drugs—not that cheese is a chemically addictive substance itself. Harvard researchers say the brain immediately notices two things upon looking at a face: race and gender. Their study, published in PLoS ONE, revealed that different patterns of neural activity corresponded to these attribute of faces. You might want to get a speedometer to go with that pedometer. Research shows that distance and walking speed both play into heart health. Those who walked more than 3 miles an hour and 7 blocks per day enjoyed a significant reduction in risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Source: Circulation eyes for faces // Do you ever wonder why celebrities’ faces are plastered across all types of media and you have to occasionally reprimand yourself for allowing your eyes to wander in a crowded room? According to the University of Oslo Department of Psychology, you can’t be blamed—our brains reward us for looking at pretty faces.