Amygdala encodes ‘cooties’ and ‘crushes’ in the developing brain

9 abril 2015

Scientists have found a signal in the brain that reflects young children’s aversion to members of the opposite sex (the ‘cooties’ effect) and also their growing interest in opposite-sex peers as they enter puberty. These two responses to members of the opposite sex are encoded in the amygdala, the researchers report. The findings challenge traditional notions about the role of the amygdala, the researchers say.