Hot summer days mean there’s nothing better than enjoying a frosty beverage or treat…until the brain freeze strikes.
While studying something as temporary as the sharp pain that makes the rest of an ice cream experience that much more enjoyable in comparison might appear to be a waste of time, according to neuroscientist Dwayne Godwin, Ph.D. of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center being able to test such an innocuous form of headache can help scientists understand more serious types.
So what is going on when brain freeze hits?
“One thing the brain doesn’t like is for things to change, and brain freeze is a mechanism to prevent you from doing that,” Godwin said.
The brain can’t actually feel pain despite its billions of neurons, Godwin said, but the pain associated with brain freeze is sensed by receptors in the outer covering of the brain called the meninges, where the two arteries meet. When the cold hits, it causes a dilation and contraction of these arteries and that’s the sensation that the brain is interpreting as pain.
And there’s your small talk to break the ice on that innocent first date! No doubt they’ll be wowed by your intelligence and concern for their discomfort, a winning combination if ever there was one.
If you’re looking for a great romantic segway, though, you can’t go wrong with ice cream roses.
Full story at Newswise. Ice cream roses at Dessert Girl via LikeCool.
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