Emotions, Stress & Anxiety

Image of children with drawn faces on paper in front of their faces
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
Your selections: Emotions Stress and Anxiety
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.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 18 min
Richard J. Smeyne discusses recent research that reveals how solitary confinement can cause physical damage to the brain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 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.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 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.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 18 min
We work hard for reward — we work even harder to avoid disappointment.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Our capacity to learn and remember and to feel a range of emotions all arise from signaling in distinct regions of the brain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Researchers are studying the chemicals and structures behind charitable brains.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Behind every economic decision you make is a host of biases, hormone fluctuations, and firing neurons.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Not only does exercise help us maintain a healthy weight and heart, it can also support brain function and mental health.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 2 min
Cognitive psychologist Sian Beilock, explains performance anxiety, choking under pressure, and what we can do to perform our best.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Learn more about the different strategies used for managing trauma in the classroom.
  • Concordia University Blog
How much does it hurt? Researchers are examining the neuroscience behind emotional and physical pain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.