The Brain You Don’t Want to Hear From

Did you realise you had two brains? The enteric nervous system, which has control over the gut, is awash with neurotransmitters and surprisingly independent from the central nervous system. It is only recently that the importance of this ‘second brain’ has been acknowledged and its complexities have begun to be uncovered.

This article from the International Herald Tribune explains some recent findings including the theory that stressful experiences early in life may cause irritable bowel syndrome.
International Herald Tribune

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Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". You can follow PsyBlog by email, by RSS feed, on Twitter and Google+.

Published: 25 August 2005

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