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.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Where do love ballads and beautiful poetry come from? What about the fear of heights and spiders? It’s all in the brain! In this lesson, explore the wonders of emotions and the brain with your students.
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What looking at the brains of a mother and child can teach us.
  • BioInteractive
Trauma silences its victims, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal.
  • TED
  • 10 min
Fears may be acquired over a lifetime, but our brains are wired for fear from birth.
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Can a frightening experience during pregnancy affect the development of an unborn child’s brain?
What is it about smell that evokes such powerful memories? Find out in this video which earned an honorable mention in the 2016 Brain Awareness Video Contest.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 4 min
In an interesting article in the magazine Nautilus, J.B. MacKinnon, reports that a brain scan (fMRI) of free solo climber, Alex Honnold’s brain explains why he is so willing to risk his life to climb rocks without a rope.
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When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But there may be an upside to being highly sensitive.
  • Wellcome Trust
Research to understand and cure disease is widely appreciated, but there is a larger unmet need to understand the neuroscience of violence.
Its supposed to help keep your body healthy in stressful situations. But the constant stress of our everyday lives means we're getting overexposed to cortisol.
  • American Chemical Society
  • 3 min
What is research uncovering about this anxiety disorder?
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We are on the brink of a new understanding of the neuroscience of violence. Like detectives slipping a fiber optic camera under a door, neuroscientists insert a fiber optic microcamera into the brain of an experimental animal and watch the neural circuits of rage respond during violent behavior.

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