Sunday, August 2, 2009

Science Netlinks: Hoarding


Almost everyone collects something at some point in his or her life—from stamps to vinyl records to Pokemon cards. But sometimes collecting can get out of hand. Now scientists have found a specific part of the brain that might be involved.


Tracking the hoarding instinct. I'm Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

Pack rats take note: The tendency to collect useless junk may be due to a brain malfunction. That's according to Steven Anderson and his fellow neurologists at the University of Iowa.

They found a link between indiscriminate hoarding and injuries to the brain's right mesial prefrontal cortex...
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