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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Growing up in poverty can negatively impact developing brain regions like the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and, in turn, increases the risks of developing behavioral and learning problems.
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  • 23 min
Both stressful situations and a lack of resources can physically change the adult brain, which raises concerns of how living in poverty could negatively affect children, whose brains are still developing.
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  • 16 min
Learn about the prevalence of poverty in the US and its threats to childhood development.
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  • 16 min
AI programs assist clinicians in surfacing signs of depression through patient data.
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Studying the science behind laughter reveals that the best laughs usually have nothing to do with great jokes.
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Experts in neuroscience and the law answer questions about solitary confinement and how it affects the brain.
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  • 20 min
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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  • 14 min
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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  • 18 min
Richard J. Smeyne discusses recent research that reveals how solitary confinement can cause physical damage to the brain.
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  • 16 min
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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  • 18 min
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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  • 18 min

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