Have you ever stopped to think about how the magic of our secular Christmas impacts our brain? At what point does our brain recognize the difference between fact and fiction? When do we stop believing in Santa and what role does the brain play in this process of development?
What role does mental time travel, Pavlov’s drooling dogs, cocaine, and neurons have to do with explaining our Christmas brain?!
Check out this recent article posted in The New York Times, Santa on the Brain, by Dr. Kelly Lambert for a more in depth description of how the brain changes as we grow and how that alters our perspective on the magic of Christmas.