All the wine lovers, rejoice! According to Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd, drinking wine activates more grey matter in the brain than listening to music and solving math equations. Not only it is a pleasure to have wine but it increases your smartness and makes you smarter.
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Shepherd explores the connection between your brain and wine in his book Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine. Drinking wine is a process which involves different elements- the way you sip the wine, how your tongue moves the wine around in the mouth, how your nose responds to the smell of the wine and so on.
Speaking to the National Public Radio, Shepherd explains why his research on wine tasting goes beyond simply analysing the wine to focusing on the drinkers themselves.
“You don’t just put wine in your mouth and leave it there,” he says. “You move it about and then swallow it, which is a very complex motor act.” “The analogy one can use is colour. The objects we see don’t have colour themselves – light hits them and bounces off,” he explains. “It’s when light strikes our eyes that it activates systems in the brain that create colour from those different wavelengths. “Similarly, the molecules in wine don’t have taste or flavour, but when they stimulate our brain, the brain creates flavour the same way it creates colour.”
From now on just keep these things in mind before drinking wine!