No, this has nothing to do with cancer–or does, but that’s a topic for another time. It appears that researchers have discovered the part of the brain that makes us want to move. I must have this to the point of it being a syndrome. As do Iris and Finnegan. This article probably isn’t all that interesting, unless you’re a scientist, but it’s always kind of cool to learn more about the body and why things work differently for various individuals. In my line of work, understanding this and planning for it is absolutely vital. You may care, or may not, but given it’s the Friday dump I thought I’d toss this in for your perusal. Oh, and since it’s also the Friday Psyche, here’s a cool vid as well.
The researchers are more interested in those whom are the opposite of me, since it can lead to depression. Here’s a except.
“Changes in physical activity and the inability to enjoy rewarding or pleasurable experiences are two hallmarks of major depression,” says Eric Turner of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “But the brain pathways responsible for exercise motivation have not been well understood.” With new ways of manipulating activity within specific brain areas — without impacting the rest of the brain’s activity — researchers hope to develop more targeted, effective treatments for depression.
Turner and colleagues turned to mice genetically engineered to block signals from the dorsal medial habenula. Compared to normal mice who love to run on wheels (even in the wild), these mouse models were lethargic and ran far less. “Without a functioning dorsal medial habenula, the mice became couch potatoes,” Turner explains in a news release. “They were physically capable of running but appeared unmotivated to do it.”
And now for your Psyche. I generally find gear and technique videos boring. This one is both instructional and fun to watch. Now I’m ready to take my DMH Syndrome to its next classic frightener.