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The science of spiciness

When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire — because that’s essentially what you’ve told your brain! Rose Eveleth details the science and history behind spicy foods, giving insights into why some people continue to pay the painful price for a little spice.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-science-of-spiciness-rose-eveleth

Lesson by Rose Eveleth, animation by Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.

via TED Education.