Latest Amygdala Stories
Anyone who's ever heard a Beethoven sonata or a Beatles song knows how powerfully sound can affect our emotions.
Instead of asking someone how they feel, a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon has found a way to identify a person’s emotion based on brain activity.
Researchers writing in the journal Science Translational Medicine say they have discovered a potential new treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder.
Scientists have proven that people use a different part of the brain to learn about social hierarchies than the part normally used for processing other types of information.
Two US neuroscientists have discovered new cells are added to a person’s brain when they go through puberty – a biological change designed to better equip growing boys and girls for the rigors of becoming adults.
A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers.
A new study from the University of Iowa recently found the amygdala, an almond-shaped area of the brain, is not the only part of the brain managing fear; other regions, such as the brainstem, the insular cortex and the diencephalon, also play a role.
A noise in the dark, a rustle in the undergrowth; these are sounds likely to make an animal or a person stop sharply and be still, anticipating a predator. Freezing is part of the natural fear response, a reaction to a stimulus in the environment and part of how the brain decides whether to be afraid of it.
Following the birth of a child, new mothers may have an altered perception of stresses around them, showing less interest in threats unrelated to the baby.
Having a drink after a stressful day at work may seem like a natural response for some, but can your neural circuits predict when a drink or two will become problem drinking?
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