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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This panel discusses the implications of solitary confinement with a neurobiologist, a physician, a lawyer, and an individual held in solitary for 29 years.
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Jules Lobel has spent years using neuroscience studies in court to argue and prove that solitary confinement should be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
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Huda Akil, professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, explains the many ways that the stress of chronic isolation, especially solitary confinement, affects the brain and behavior.
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Richard J. Smeyne discusses recent research that reveals how solitary confinement can cause physical damage to the brain.
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As social animals, our health depends on interactions with others. If placed in isolation, without those connections, our physical and mental health take a hit.
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Robert King, a member of the Angola 3, shares how his 29 years in solitary confinement changed the course of his life forever.
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We work hard for reward — we work even harder to avoid disappointment.
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Our capacity to learn and remember and to feel a range of emotions all arise from signaling in distinct regions of the brain.
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Researchers are studying the chemicals and structures behind charitable brains.
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Behind every economic decision you make is a host of biases, hormone fluctuations, and firing neurons.
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Not only does exercise help us maintain a healthy weight and heart, it can also support brain function and mental health.
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Cognitive psychologist Sian Beilock, explains performance anxiety, choking under pressure, and what we can do to perform our best.
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