During the COVID pandemic, many of us have been stuck at home a lot of the time. One of the negative side effects of that for our brains: the lack of novel experiences. When we meet new people, are surprised by something we haven’t seen before, or even just go buy a new air conditioner (as the author of this piece recently did), our brains pump chemicals that support learning and memory.

Read this fun and interesting article “If you’re ecstatic after a trip to the shops. It’s your brain thanking you for the novelty” on The Guardian here