Neuroscientists: ‘Bieber Fever’ is Real

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Neuroscientists say “Bieber Fever” is not only real, but it’s a part of growing up.

The scientists say the excitement that goes along with following a favorite pop star–such as Justin Bieber–is simply a stage in adolescent development. Teen girls are especially susceptible to the mass hsyteria, and McGill University Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin says the teen years are when musical tastes develop and become part of the brain’s internal wiring.

Using an MRI, Levitin found hearing familiar, favorite music triggers a release of dopamine in the brain similar to the rush that comes with eating chocolate. Researchers also say the “disease” is reaching global pandemic status.


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