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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Your selections: Emotions Stress and Anxiety
Stress alerts you to get out of danger but can cause damage when left unchecked.
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Hormones deliver long-range, long-lasting messages all over the body.
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Internal clocks guide when you sleep, when you wake up, and when you get hungry.
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Maintaining balance keeps your body healthy and running smoothly.
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For those with PTSD, a stressor linked to a memory of a harrowing, traumatic event produces a grave sense of danger or fear — inducing a pronounced fight-or-flight response.
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A flow state can occur during a period of intense focus, absence of worrying, high responsiveness, and dissipation of self-consciousness.
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And other neuroscience news you may have missed in August 2022.
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Our body’s natural sleep-wake rhythm, or circadian rhythm, helps us stay healthy and function throughout our daily lives.
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The default mode network is a collection of brain regions active during quiet rest while awake.
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Arousal is a physiological state involving brain and body changes that motivate behavior and enable response to stimuli.
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Fluctuating levels of estrogen during a period known as perimenopause can wreak havoc on the mental health of women in midlife.
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At last, neuroscientists are learning how the hormone shapes social behaviors such as pair-bonding and parental care. It’s more complicated than they thought.
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