Individuals with amygdala damage are more likely to lay a risky bet
A recent study with monkeys finds that the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain, has neurons that fire for good surprises, and different neurons that fire for bad surprises.
Stimulating certain areas of the animals’ brains can trigger predatory behaviors including biting and grabbing
Researchers develop a model for how we find certain sounds, like nails on a chalkboard, unbearable. Christie Nicholson reports
Mounting evidence shows how city living can harm our mental health
City dwellers may handle pressure differently from those who live in less populated areas
Discovery hints at evolutionary importance of animals to human survival
It’s Halloween. You’re listening to some creepy, scary music. Maybe it sounds like something like this* – SCARY! You are lying still, attending to the emotional qualities of the music.
I was scanning my Twitter feed recently, pretending to look for “news” while really searching, as usual, for items that praise, condemn or merely allude to me—I mean, let’s face it, all of us social-media addicts are narcissists–when the bells in my amygdala started clanging.
A growing body of work shows that the brain has different systems and mechanisms to respond to certain kinds of threats and physiological changes in the body
How we instantly size up people has little to do with logic and a lot to do with looks
The neural routes underlying the formation of memories about primitive emotional experiences, such as fear, have been traced
Researchers get a rare glimpse at life without fright
A stifled fear response may explain why young victims stand by their abusers