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Social Status Plays Role in Brain's Control of Health
Date:4/24/2008

playing in other rooms at the same time. The fMRI showed that the participants' perceived position in the gaming hierarchy greatly influenced their brain activity and behavior.

"The processing of hierarchical information seems to be hard-wired, occurring even outside of an explicitly competitive environment, underscoring how important it is for us," said study author Caroline Zink, of the NIHM Genes Cognition and Psychosis Program.

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-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, news release, April 23, 2008


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