Could An Infectious Organism Take Over Your Brain And Make You Do Its Bidding?

Could An Infectious Organism Take Over Your Brain And Make You Do Its Bidding?

We humans like to think of ourselves as having free will. We like to think, for instance, that how many sexual partners we have and how quick we are to jump into bed with someone is all a matter of personal choice, right? But what if this wasn't entirely true? What if I said there might be microorganisms that enter our bodies, "hijack" our brains, and direct our behaviors (sexually and otherwise) for their own purposes (e.g., to spread to other persons and reproduce)? I know--you'd probably think I've been watching too many science fiction movies. However, this concept actually isn't that far-fetched. In fact, some research suggests that this very thing actually happens in the animal kingdom.

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