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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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I Want to Know Where Love Is| Love & the Brain

I Want to Know Where Love Is| Love & the Brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Thanks to modern science, we know that love lives in the brain, not in the heart. But where in the brain is it – and is it in the same place as sexual desire? A recent international study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine is the first to draw an exact map of these intimately linked feelings.

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5 ways to flip the switch on misery | Brain World

5 ways to flip the switch on misery | Brain World | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Chronic complainers think they are expressing their feelings about their lives—but they do it repeatedly, incessantly and annoyingly, to anyone who will listen. Of course, none of it is their fault—they feel like helpless victims, that there is nothing to do to change their pitiful circumstances.
But some people are wired that way.

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Tired of Feeling Bad? The New Science of Feelings Can Help

Tired of Feeling Bad? The New Science of Feelings Can Help | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Is your emotional style getting you down? Research finds the neural basis of your responses to life-and how you can change them...personality is not grounded in identifiable neurological mechanisms; it has not been traced to specific patterns of neural activity in the brain. This is where the theory of Emotional Style breaks new ground: through neuroimaging and other methodologies, I have traced Emotional Style—and, specifically, the six components that make it up—to patterns of activity throughout the brain.

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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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Anxious brains have child-like circuits › News in Science (ABC Science)

Anxious brains have child-like circuits › News in Science (ABC Science) | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A study suggests anxiety in adults can result from specific parts of the amygdala remaining like those of a child.

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Finding Clues in the Fearful Brain

Finding Clues in the Fearful Brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Looking closely at the neural activity that underlies fear and anxiety may point the way to better treatment.
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