Endorphins perform several functions, but their best-known one is acting as a painkiller and a reward, causing a feeling of euphoria. Endorphins lock onto cells called opioid receptors, blocking the transmission of pain signals. Everyone has different triggers for endorphins, but common stimuli are pain, food and sex.
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What is the relationship between high IQ and vegetarianism?
Evidence shows that children with higher IQs are more likely to become vegetarians by age 42. This has been supported in the UK; however, the data in the United States does not support this assertion.
What is a level of consciousness?
Level of consciousness is a term used to describe a person's awareness and understanding of what is happening in his or her surroundings. There are three main levels of consciousness:
Consciousness is an awake state, in which a person is fully aware of his or her surroundings and understands, talks, moves and responds normally.
Decreased consciousness is a state in which a person appears to be awake and aware of surroundings (conscious) but is not responding normally. While in a state of decreased consciousness, a person may not answer when spoken to, stare straight ahead and have no facial expression. Others may think the person is acting confused, odd or sleepy. Later, the person may not be able to recall what happened.
Unconsciousness is a state in which a person is not aware of what is going on and is not able to respond normally to things that happen to and around him or her.
- Fainting is a brief form of unconsciousness.
- Coma is a deep, prolonged state of unconsciousness.
- General anesthesia is a controlled period of unconsciousness.
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