scifri2 - the rats brains and what that would be comparable...

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Chelsea Bertram A39891015 ISB 202-001 3/19/09 Science Friday #2 Extra Credit Archive: “Coffee Smell Wakes Up Genes” (broadcast on June 20th, 2008) The guest on this segment of Science Friday was Yoshinori Masuo, the Head of the Mental Stress Team at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. He was on the show to discuss with Ira Flatow and listeners his recent finding that rats respond to the aroma of coffee and reduces their stress levels. These findings are interesting because people around the world, and especially in the United States, are big coffee drinkers and also have high stress levels which can be physically debilitating. This subject grabbed my attention because I was curious to hear about the importance of caffeine versus the aroma of coffee and whether coffee drinkers were dependant on one part or the combination of smelling the coffee as well as the effects of caffeine. Also, I was curious how much stress was reduced in
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Unformatted text preview: the rats brains and what that would be comparable to in a human brain. I was a bit disappointed because none of my questions were answered very well by Dr. Masuo. He didn’t elaborate much but rather just repeated himself saying that their research did show a molecular response in the rats brains when they smelled the aroma of coffee. Unfortunately I’m not much of a science buff so a molecular change in the brain of a rat does not mean much to me when it isn’t explained a bit more thoroughly. Fortunately, Ira Flatow kept my interest by asking some questions similar to mine, as well as clarifying some things to the audience. While on one hand I was a bit disappointed that I was left with so many questions unanswered, I realized that this topic and the research findings are very interesting to me and now I am more motivated to look up other information and studies until I have the answers I was looking for....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2009 for the course ISB 202 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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