Dr. Dov Michaeli explores the science behind the claims that dark chocolate is good for you. A flavanol in chocolate, epicatechin turns out to be the key.
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When reporters ask “is it good or bad?” to force a simple answer to a complex question, it reinforces our natural tendency to form come to easy conclusions instead of applying critical thinking. It may conserve the brains energy, but the outcomes are not always what we might hope for.
Studies suggest that the right lateral prefrontal cortex (rLPFC) is involved in following social norms and in the urge to punish violators. But “involved” still doesn’t tell us what exactly is happening in this area: Is it the cause of fair behavior?