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The science of chocolate

 
Dr. Seann Mulcahy is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Providence College.
 

For Valentine’s weekend, most sweethearts would agree chocolate is the preferred confection - it has a centuries-old reputation of conjuring thoughts of love, pleasure, and reward.

Dr. Seann Mulcahy is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Providence College. He says chocolates' molecules stimulate neurotransmitters in the brain, which ultimately lead to euphoria and desire. "Interestingly, the molecule anandamide, found in chocolate, has a similar effect as the molecule THC, which is the main component of marijuana; they are very different structurally, but they have similar shapes-three dimensionally and they bind to the same receptor, leading to pleasurable feelings,” he said.

 
 To speak with Dr. Mulcahy, please contact Chrissy Centazzo at (401) 340-5710, or ccentazz@providence.edu 
 
 

Meet Our Expert:

Dr. Seann P. Mulcahy,
assistant professor of chemistry;

Teaching at PC since 2012
Expertise:
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Life

 
 


 Steve Maurano
 Associate Vice President,
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smaurano@providence.edu​
 (401) 865-2413​



 Chrissy Centazzo
 Director of Media Relations,
 Public Affairs, Community & Government
 Re​lations
 
ccentazz@providence.edu
 (401) 865-2413

 
 



 
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