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.
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.
Researchers develop a model for how we find certain sounds, like nails on a chalkboard, unbearable. Christie Nicholson reports
More “prosocial” brains are more prone to depression, study suggests
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
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City dwellers may handle pressure differently from those who live in less populated areas
Discovery hints at evolutionary importance of animals to human survival
Mounting evidence shows how city living can harm our mental health
We hear a lot about PTSD these days, and with good reason. As more people confront trauma and come away with severely debilitating disorders, it becomes that much more important to understand the mechanism, in order to find ways to treat or prevent it.
Emotion is a powerful driver of behavior, sometimes too powerful. Virtually everyone has had the experience of reacting in the heat of the moment only to later regret his or her words or deed.
Here are my ResearchBlogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Which conflicts consume couples the most? eHarmony Labs has some answers.
Stimulating certain areas of the animals’ brains can trigger predatory behaviors including biting and grabbing
A stifled fear response may explain why young victims stand by their abusers
Scans show people who can endure greater risk share certain neurological features