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  • Study: Amygdala encodes 'cooties' and 'crushes' in the developing brain

    University of Illinois psychology professor Eva Telzer and her colleagues found that children's brain responses to opposite-sex faces differ as they mature.

    University of Illinois psychology professor Eva Telzer and her colleagues found that children's brain responses to opposite-sex faces differ as they mature.

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  • To reach Eva Telzer, call 217-300-0383; email ehtelzer@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “The Cooties Effect: Amygdala Reactivity to Opposite- Versus Same-Sex Faces Declines From Childhood to Adolescence,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.