Facebook and neuroscience: an unlikely pairing.

So you’ve got a lot of friends on facebook? You may have enlarged areas of your brain too! New research, from Oxford University, has suggested that rhesus macaque monkeys living alongside large numbers of other macaques might actually have enlarged areas of their brain. These brain areas are said to be implicated in the processing of social information, such as face recognition. 23 rhesus macaques living in different sized ‘troops’ were studied over a period of at least 2 months. Scientists used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), an important clinical method of neuroimaging, to see what effect (if any) being...

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