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New study reveals potential link between oral contraceptives and riskier behaviors in women

November 13, 2023 - amygdala, which is responsible for regulating emotions. (Related: Birth control pills can raise the risk of depression by up to 80%.)

Despite this, Brouillard warned against making direct connections between these brain changes and riskier behaviors, stressing the need for further investigation into potential behavioral implications.

"The objective of our work is not to counter the use of COCs, but it is important to be aware that the pill can have an effect ...

Study: Maternal distress can set the stage for childhood behavioral issues

December 04, 2023 - amygdala (a major processing center for emotions) will override signals from her hippocampus (which plays a major role in learning and memory). This also "stokes the fires in the adrenals" so they keep producing the stress hormones cortisone (derived from the metabolism of cortisol), adrenaline and noradrenaline.

In either case, a pregnant woman’s body is flooded with loads of stress hormones – and also the fetus growing within her.Stress hormones and the ...

Hypnosis Impacts the Amygdala

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Hypnosis Impacts the Amygdala

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September 11, 2009 - Hypnosis Impacts the Amygdala

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How to rewire your brain to develop healthy relationships with your friends and family

June 06, 2018 - amygdala is one of the system's major parts, playing a key role in emotional memories and responses, as well as attachment processes. The almond-shaped organ is known for producing autonomic responses associated with emotional stimulation, fear and arousal.

It's also linked to mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and social phobias.

"The amygdala is an automatic processor and storehouse of emotional memories. We can use our knowledge of how ...

Children with autism appear to lose neurons related to social and emotional behavior as they age, study finds

June 08, 2018 -

The amygdala is the region of the brain that regulates emotions and governs social behavior and interaction. It develops rapidly through childhood and adolescence, as the individual becomes more socially and emotionally mature.

"Any deviation from this normal path of development can profoundly influence human behavior," said senior author Cynthia Schumann, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis MIND Institute....

Scientists discover neurons that remain “forever young” through life

April 29, 2020 -

While most of these neurons mature quickly once a person reaches adolescence, suggesting that they play a role in the emotional development of the brain, some stay in their immature state throughout life. For this reason, the researchers gave them the moniker “Peter Pan neurons.”

During adolescence -- long after most of the brain has finished growing -- the amygdala continues to expand. It gains as many as two million new neurons. Research on the amygdala suggests ...

Exposure to 5G radiation linked to depression and neurological dysfunction, study finds

December 15, 2022 -

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research reveals that 5G radiation is associated with all sorts of brain problems in humans, including the development of depression and nervous system damage.

Prolonged exposure to 5G pollution, researchers found, can lead to pyroptosis, a form of inflammatory cell death that is typically caused by microbial infection. This condition can lead to an alteration in the morphology of amygdala, ...

“Mind-reading” neurons allow us to simulate the thought process of another person

November 27, 2019 -

A University of Cambridge research team found the specialized neurons in the amygdala of the brain of monkeys. The brain cells reproduced the thought process of a member of the social group that a monkey had previously observed while performing a task.

Understanding the functions of these mind-reading neurons may help researchers improve their grasp of the "theory of mind." Furthermore, the brain cells may contribute to the study and treatment of patients with ...

How sleep deprivation ruins your mental health

February 14, 2019 -

It makes you more emotionally reactive.

If you're sleep deprived, you may lose your temper over small things. Aside from negatively affecting your mood, emotional reactivity can make you feel physically tired and drained.

Researchers are still trying to understand the connection between sleep and emotion, but current data suggest that sleep deprivation affects the complex emotional centers of the brain.

Studies have determined that sleep deprivation increases ...

Some stress is good, but not too much: Mild stress is good for the brain; too much bad for the heart

December 07, 2017 - amygdala, a brain region responsible for stress response, were at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and had developed heart conditions sooner than those with lower brain activity.

The researchers had also found that higher amygdala activity was associated with greater bone marrow activity and inflammation in the arteries. The experts inferred that the amygdala prompted the bone marrow to bolster white blood cell production, which in ...

Trees are good for your emotional health: Study determines living on the edge of a forest is good for your brain

October 13, 2018 -

Scientists of the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf have found that living near an abundance of trees reduces stress by strengthening an area of the brain that controls emotional processing, known as the amygdala.

The amygdala is an area of gray matter in the brain which processes memory, emotional reactions, decision-making, and survival instincts. It also plays a role in sexual activity and libido or sex drive in humans. It is vital for ...

Simple things that you can do to face your fears and rewire your brain

November 15, 2018 - amygdala (fear center) the chance to get used to the cause of your fear.

Think of a child who believes that there's a monster under his bed. He won't believe you right away if you just tell him that there's nothing there. However, you can convince him by showing him that there is no monster under the bed, just some dust bunnies and maybe some forgotten toys.

The same thing applies to your amygdala. Like the child who feels reassured when he sees ...

How you respond to risks may be how your brain is wired; people who play it safe have more neurons but less coordinated pathways

May 14, 2018 - amygdala, the region of the brain that's in charge of processing fear and other emotions, as well as the baseline level of activity in the amygdala and the medial prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that's said to be in charge of decision-making. A third brain scan was also conducted with the use of a technique called diffusion tensor imaging, and it was intended for revealing anatomical connections made of nerve fibers and link the amygdala and medial ...

Same pheromones that trigger sexual attraction in females also found to trigger AGGRESSION in males

July 01, 2017 - amygdala took different circuits in males and females. Within the amygdala, they found a sub-area that served as something of a “switch” to relay ESP1 information to a certain part of the hypothalamus according to the gender of the mouse in question. This is significant because the amygdala is the part of the brain that is responsible for emotional behavior, motivation and emotions in general.

When male mice detect the ESP1, they show aggressive behavior ...

Try these evidence-based natural remedies for social anxiety

October 23, 2018 - amygdala. This neurotransmitter works by regulating mood and excessive amounts of it in the amygdala can increase fear response and anxiety. Studies have shown that higher levels of serotonin can cause a greater feeling of anxiousness.

Since social anxiety is caused by neurotransmitter imbalance, suggested treatments usually involve the use of medication. However, studies have shown that taking anti-anxiety medications increases mortality risk by up to ...

Craving sugar? It could be caused by lack of sleep

September 09, 2019 - amygdala. The amygdala is composed of a set of neurons and forms part of the limbic system -- the network of structures that controls essential behaviors such as finding food and self-preservation. The amygdala processes emotions and is also considered the brain's "reward center." (Related: A nutritionist shares the best natural foods to eat for better sleep.)

Sleep also influences food cravings through the stress hormone, cortisol. Poor sleep ...

Are men and women that different? Scientists find clues in brain development that say YES

July 29, 2019 - amygdala, there is what's known as a "newborn cell." Males typically have fewer of these cells -- because their immune systems actively destroy them. Essentially, testosterone acts as a "call to action," leading immune cells to attack newborn cells in the amygdala.

In females, these newborn cells go on to become glial cells, a type of brain cell. As the authors note, the amygdala controls emotions and social behaviors. The divergence in how sex ...

Nature is necessary: The secret to a healthy life in the city is living near a park, according to research on the effects of stress on the brain

December 12, 2017 - amygdala, which affects how the brain processes stress and reacts to danger.

To find out exactly what factors can affect and possibly cause or prevent these things, a team of researchers led by psychologist Simone Kühn conducted a full study. Mainly, they were trying to find out what the effects of nature near people's homes were, and if things like forests, urban greens or wastelands had any profound effect on stress-processing regions of the brain like the amygdala....

Scientists declare that a certain brain circuit compels you to overeat, implying it has nothing to do with your choice

November 07, 2019 - amygdala -- the emotional center of the brain -- when the mice ate. The amygdala had been linked by previous studies to other emotions, like fear and anxiety. Therefore, the researchers suggested that it had a role in pathological (obsessive) eating.

Researchers also found that a protein called nociceptin was involved in hedonic eating. Nociceptin is a signaling molecule found in mammalian systems. There are many nociceptin circuits in the brain. One circuit ...

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