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Graham Southorn, BBC Focus magazine
Electrical stimulation in cats of regions in and related to the anterior part of the hypothalamus can induce the behaviour of expelling or retaining urine and feces. When electrodes planted in these regions are stimulated by radio waves, the cat stops whatever it is doing and behaves as though it is going to urinate or defecate. It goes through its usual behaviour of digging a hole, squatting, and assuming the correct posture, and then it passes urine or feces. At the end, it even goes through its customary ritual of hiding its excreta.
The Hypothalamus affects the endocrine system and governs emotional behavior, such as, anger and sexual activity.
M Paul Lloyd wrote: Knowledge is accumulated information,
intelligence is the ability to process that information,
and wisdom is knowing when to do so.
conduit wrote:..and presumably you can run faster if you suddenly empty your bowels first.
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