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
What gives you goosebumps? Discover the science behind fear and what makes it such a powerful emotional response.
  • California Science Center
Fear is a powerful emotion. Learn how your brain responds when fear takes over.
  • California Science Center
People differ enormously as to what they consider to be stressful and how they respond to it. In general, short periods of moderate stress can actually be a good thing for the brain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Hormones are important messages both within the brain and between the brain and the body.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
In this two-part lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn about gelotology (the science of laughter) and its benefits to our social, mental, and physical well-being.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
What's going on inside the teenage brain? This Frontline television special explores how science may unlock answers to that question.
  • PBS

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