Nicotine may hinder human potential to socialize

French researchers recently found that the same part of the brain that becomes addicted to nicotine also controls how people interact with one another.

The Centre de Neurosciences Paris-Sud scientists discovered that the nicotine receptors in the prefrontal cortex are necessary components for healthy social behavior. In turn, the researchers said that this part of the mind must be kept intact for individuals to positively interact with others.

"One of the main aims [of the research] would be to understand and help people to make good decisions for themselves and to maintain, during old age, such abilities in the social domain as well as in other aspects of our lives," said co-author Sylvie Granon.

The researchers reached their conclusions through tests on a mouse model, in which they discovered that mice lacking the nicotine receptors displayed antisocial behavior.

Results of this study suggest that avoiding cigarettes and other nicotine products may help individuals to fulfill their life purpose and maintain healthy interactions with others who can aid them in their journey toward betterment.