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 happens in the brain when we are frightened?
  • American Chemical Society
  • 4 min
We are able to empathize thanks in large part to mirror neurons, a special type of motor neurons that help us recognize emotions.
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Researchers are studying what happens in the brains of people and other animals when laughing to gain deeper insight into human behavior and its evolution.
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  • 1 min
Lucy Brown and Helen Fischer use both psychological and biological approaches to gain insights into the mystery of “love” and share their insights on the website The Anatomy of Love.
A new way to alter traumatic memories
Through complex systems that begin with cells that respond to physical stimuli and send signals through a maze of brain circuits, we can know — both consciously and otherwise — what goes on around us and within our bodies.
  • The Dana Foundation
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.
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In response to signals from a brain region called the hypothalamus, the adrenal glands secrete glucocorticoids, hormones that produce an array of effects in response to stress.
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Extreme stressors such as trauma in combat, being a victim of assault or sexual abuse, or experiencing or witnessing a crime can lead to a form of stress that can last a lifetime.
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Considered the most common mental illnesses, anxiety disorders affect an estimated 18 percent of the adult population in a given year, or 40 million Americans.
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