TIS THE SEASON TO BE...

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We're officially in "The Season."

The season when the social calendar is overflowing with events, conferences, seminars, parties and all kinds of gatherings which involve all of us meeting and greeting many people from various backgrounds, religious beliefs and different cultures.

Lots and lots of different people. And often, all at once. If even thinking about being with lots of people makes you want to stay home and take a nap, you're not alone.

That's because as much as one third to a half of the population considers themselves introverts.
A recent study may help explain why extroverts are more motivated to seek the company of others than are introverts.

Human faces may hold more meaning for socially outgoing individuals than for their more introverted counterparts, the study suggests.

The results show the brains of extroverts pay more attention to human faces than do introverts. In fact, introverts' brains didn't seem to distinguish between inanimate objects and human faces.

The findings might partly explain why extroverts are more motivated to seek the company of others than are introverts, or why a particularly shy person might rather hang out with a good book than a group of friends.