Chocolate Science

OK, be honest: how much chocolate did you eat this Easter? While it is common to enjoy masses of the food stuff at this particular time of year (along with Christmas), chocolate can well and truly be enjoyed at any time. Having said that, everyone will scoff their favourite (dark chocolate more than 70% pretty…

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Chocolate cravings: ‘it weren’t my fault guv, my orbitofrontal cortex dun it’

  Given my own over-indulgence this Easter, I needed little excuse to hunt around in the neuroscience literature for some possibly-beyond-consious-control neural mechanism that means my unabashed chocolate scoffing is entirely not my fault (of course, that raises the whole issue of consciousness and the neural basis of free will, but that’s another story for…

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