From a report in The New York Times about the neuroscience of smoking:
Scientists Tie Part of Brain to Urge to Smoke
By BENEDICT CAREY
The New York Times
Published: January 25, 2007
The insula, for years a wallflower of brain anatomy, has emerged as region of interest based in part on recent work by Dr. Antonio Damasio, a neurologist and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute. The insula has widely distributed connections, both in the thinking cortex above, and down below in subcortical areas, like the brain stem, that maintain heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature, the body’s primal survival systems.
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