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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
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.
Meet Our Expert:
Dr. Seann P. Mulcahy,
assistant professor of chemistry;
Teaching at PC since 2012
Selected Courses Taught:
Chemistry and Life