The Science of Surprise

LONDON - England - Ever wondered what happens to your brain when you're surprised?


Ever been treated to a surprise birthday party or won on your favourite online casino games?

We are all familiar with the feeling of surprise, whether it’s a pleasant surprise or a sudden shock whilst watching the latest horror movie, but have you ever wondered why it makes you jump or run around with excitement?

So many reactions and changes happen inside the brain and body when something sudden and unexpected happens. Not only do your neurotransmitters start firing up, but all those tiny signals get your body up and moving, preparing you for any outcome that may occur.

To explain a little further, the infographic below goes through step by step just what happens, as well as how and why, to help you understand why getting a surprise is such a happiness inducing activity.