Emotions, Stress & Anxiety

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It’s hard to describe what an emotion is — let alone how many of them there are or whether everyone experiences the same ones. But we do know this: emotions arise from activity in distinct parts of the brain.
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Shame and guilt feel awful, but they do serve a good purpose: to make you be a better human.
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Scientists are trying to figure out why so many of us want to pinch babies’ chubby cheeks and squeeze adorable puppies.
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Procrastination comes down to a battle between the brain’s emotion and decision-making systems — with emotion often claiming victory.
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What if exam grades could be boosted just with a confidence exercise before the exam?
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The junction between the cortex and the brainstem highlights the center of our emotions.
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We may be hardwired to look at spiders and snakes differently than other critters, but we aren’t born afraid of them.
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Sleep deprivation puts the brain on high alert, unable to discern a well-natured grin from a threatening scowl.
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From pregnancy to parenthood, child-rearing shapes the brain.
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Neuroscientist Jamie Hanson encourages scientists to look at people and situations that fall outside so-called societal norms.
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Neglecting to take care of yourself and your surroundings can negatively affect your brain, which can make it harder to steady your mental health.
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Learn about the impacts that child poverty has on the developing brain with data from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and public health epidemiology.
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How can educators help ease the effects of common negative experiences facing students from poor socioeconomic backgrounds?
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