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Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers • The Register

Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers • The Register

Is your morning coffee half empty? Do you feel it’s always darkest before it goes pitch black?

Have you ever wondered why you, like each of us here, is such a pessimist – apart from, y’know, the fact everything inevitably goes horribly wrong all the time?

Well, now scientists think they may have figured the out answer. Keyword: may. You never know with these eggheads.

There are, we’re told, c-shaped nubs buried within each hemisphere of the brain called the caudate nuclei. A group of neuro-boffins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in America found that when these were stimulated in a pair of macaque monkeys, it caused them to make more pessimistic decisions.