Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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How the Brain Gives Rise to Thoughts, Emotion, Behaviors, and Relationships
Marwa Azab Ph.D.
Poverty is a brain disease inflicted by inequality. Poor people have smaller and less efficient brains than more affluent ones.
A friend is "functional kin," someone we may have subconsciously selected to be similar in some genes to enhance liking, yet dissimilar in other genes to complement genetic vulnerabilities.
Conservatives may be more likely to have a larger amygdala and the size of the amygdala has been related to sensitivity to threat and fear.
Positivity over recovered cases ought to be tempered by emerging studies of long-term effects of COVID-19. Studies suggest neurological long-term complications beyond recovery.
The brain under the influence of power in individualist societies seems to de-individuate the powerless and allow the powerful to practice full individuation.
Neuroimaging studies suggest that the brain code that signals “threat” is automatically activated to a greater degree by encountering black people.
During times of confinement to our homes, every person becomes a mirror for everyone else in their family.
The human brain has an enormous ability to imagine. Anxiety and worry are byproducts of this imaginary system. Worry is a creative story that is based on some true occurrences.
What is absolutely needed is physical distancing—not social distancing—at the first suspicion of a pandemic.
One way to distract ourselves from a colossal problem is to create other solvable ones.
Studies have noted several differences in the biology of women who suffer from PMDD and those who do not—most notably, differences in emotion regulation networks in the brain.
According to the National Poison Data System, there were 13 deaths between 2016-2017 as a result of the misuse of the anti-diarrhea medication loperamide.
Winter blues are a result of complicated biochemical changes in the brain that cause changes in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors depending on the season.
Patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease appear to have a less diverse gut microbiome compared to age- and sex-matched controls.
Anxious mothers might not maximally benefit from parenting because of their excessive uncontrollable worries. They often miss out on the present.
Among other benefits, exercise increases chemicals known as brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF), which are crucially involved in learning and memory.
Stress prevention and management during mid-life may significantly reduce women's risk of dementia and related disorders.
Patients with psychiatric disorders such as depression have different populations of gut microbes compared to healthy individuals.
There are differences in the brains of people who reject tasty unhealthy foods and those who succumb. But you can change that.
Romantic love is a key ingredient in healthy marriages. When It is achieved, it creates an addictive need that sustains a connection for decades.
The brains of those at high risk for depression become more similar to low-risk brains when they strongly value religious beliefs.
The data suggests that throughout the adult life span, normal female brains are more youthful than men's. In this study, female brains were on average 4 years younger than men's.
There are stressful situations that promote strength. The criteria: Stress you can tolerate, manage successfully, and have control over. Anything short of that can cause damage.
High levels of glucocorticoids that accompany chronic stress activate forgetting circuits, inhibit the birth of new neurons, and eventually kill hippocampal cells.
Anxiety compels the sufferer to keep running from an invisible monster to an unknown destination.
When inflammation is prolonged by stressors and vulnerabilities, the adaptive sickness behavior can become depression.
Because of the amygdala's super reactivity during the teen years, teens are likely to interpret neutral stimuli as threatening.
Every time a bad day does not destroy you, your brain keeps track of it as a small victory.
Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include fatigue, mood instability, weight gain, adult acne, lower sex drive, and more.
Each trauma experienced as a result of this “parentectomy” will leave an epigenetic fingerprint on these helpless children’s DNA, and their children and their children.
Marwa Azab, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of psychology and human development at California State University, Long Beach.