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Study IDs Brain Mechanisms Behind Stress

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A new study at Yale University has identified specific brain mechanisms behind our feelings of stress. The new findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, may help people dealing with the debilitating sense of fear and anxiety that stress can evoke.

For the study, the research team scanned participants’ brains while exposing them to highly stressful and troubling images, such as a growling dog, mutilated faces or filthy toilets.

The results reveal a network of neural connections emanating throughout the brain from the hippocampus, an area of the brain that helps regulate motivation, emotion and memory.

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