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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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Inside the Mind of Worry|New York Times

Inside the Mind of Worry|New York Times | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

The basic architecture of the brain ensures that we feel first and think second."Researchers in neuroscience, psychology, economics and other disciplines have made a range of discoveries about why human beings sometimes fear more than the evidence warrants, and sometimes less than the evidence warns. That science is worth reviewing at length. But one current issue offers a crash course in the most significant of these findings: the fear of vaccines, particularly vaccines for children."

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A Future Without Chronic Pain - Dana Foundation

A Future Without Chronic Pain - Dana Foundation | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Chronic pain affects 1.5 billion people worldwide, an estimated 100 million of whom live in the United States. "Most chronic pain conditions produce changes in the brain that contribute to what can be termed the “centralization of pain.” This implies that ongoing pain produces progressive alterations in brain connections, molecular biology, chemistry, and structure, with behavioral consequences. One brain region consistently affected in chronic pain conditions is called the dorsolateral prefrontal lobe, a region in the front of our brains thought to be involved in several higher-order functions, including cognition, motor planning, and working memory. This centralization of pain involves alterations in sensory, emotional, and modulatory circuits, which normally inhibit pain. Thus chronic pain may alter cognition and emotion, leading to increased fear, anxiety, or depression."

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The Brain - Fear & Navy Seals (1/2)

Part 1 of the documentary called The Brain, dealing with fear and how the Navy Seals try to teach recruits how to prevent panicking. How stress affects the brain....

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On Fear, Emotions and Memory : Rock Star/Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux’s New Terms | Brain World

On Fear, Emotions and Memory : Rock Star/Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux’s New Terms | Brain World | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Humans are the only animals that can imagine the future. That’s great when it comes to figuring out what makes us happy. But what about those sleepless nights filled with anxiety? Joseph LeDoux has spent 30 years studying the biological underpinnings of memory and emotion, especially the mechanisms of fear. He has been doing research on animals, primarily rats, to understand pathological fear and anxiety in humans. A Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science and professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, his concentration on the amygdala, that almond-shaped structure in the brain’s temporal lobe having to do with emotional behavior, has also spawned a rock band called the Amygdaloids, with himself and three of his scientific colleagues.

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Finding Clues in the Fearful Brain

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Looking closely at the neural activity that underlies fear and anxiety may point the way to better treatment.
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The Brain - Fear & Navy Seals (2/2)

Part 2 of the documentary called The Brain, dealing with fear and how the Navy Seals try to teach recruits how to prevent panicking.

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