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How Ritual Impacts the Brain To Help Ease Anxiety

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anxiety levels. The mechanism behind this may be that rituals provide the brain with a sense of structure, regularity and predictability.The findings, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, have important implications as many gatherings have been called off due to COVID-19.“In the current context of the pandemic, if you were a completely rational being — perhaps an extraterrestrial who’s never met any actual humans — you would expect that given the current situation people wouldn’t bother doing things that do not seem crucial to their survival,” said UConn Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dimitris Xygalatas.“Maybe they wouldn’t care so much about art, sports, or ritual, and they would focus on other.

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