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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A growing body of research now shows that poverty changes the way children’s brains develop, shrinking parts of the brain essential for memory, planning, and decision-making.
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Neuroscience research is advancing what we know about depression, and helping us develop treatments for it.
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Let's teach kids more effective ways of studying in order to reduce test anxiety.
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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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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 does growing up less fortunate impact the brain and how can educators help their students overcome this obstacle?
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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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The prolonged stress a child experiences by being separated from their parents has lasting implications for their mental health and the generations after them.
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While differences in brain size based on socioeconomic status could be considered stigmatizing, the brain is quite adaptable and plastic.
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