Heatwaves Don’t Just Give You Sunburn – They Can Harm Your Mental Health Too

Heatwaves undoubtedly bring a certain joy at the opportunity to be out in the sunshine. But as the planet heats and weather records tumble, increasingly normal bouts of baking heat aren’t all sun and games. Aside from the grief and guilt we may feel about the human causes behind increasingly…Continue readingHeatwaves Don’t Just Give You Sunburn – They Can Harm Your Mental Health Too

What Anxiety Does To Our Breathing

Stressful situations can cause anxiety, our body’s natural response to stress. But feelings of apprehension can also be accompanied by physical effects such as rapid breathing, increased heart rate and nausea. How our brain perceives these physical changes – in particular, breathing – could be key to better understanding anxiety…Continue readingWhat Anxiety Does To Our Breathing

Differentiating Between State Anxiety And Trait Anxiety

Tension while waiting for test results, the fear of not making it, the feeling of being under pressure, apprehension – these emotional states often come with physical illnesses like backache, headache, nausea, tachycardia, tremors, difficulty breathing, dizziness. These illnesses, which vary in intensity and duration, are all associated with anxiety,…Continue readingDifferentiating Between State Anxiety And Trait Anxiety

Discovery Of ‘Thought Worms’ Opens Window To The Mind

Researchers at Queen’s University have established a method that, for the first time, can detect indirectly when one thought ends and another begins. Dr. Jordan Poppenk and his master’s student, Julie Tseng, devised a way to isolate “thought worms,” consisting of consecutive moments when a person is focused on the…Continue readingDiscovery Of ‘Thought Worms’ Opens Window To The Mind

New Connection Between The Eyes And Touch Discovered

Tiny eye movements can be used as an index of humans’ ability to anticipate relevant information in the environment independent of the information’s sensory modality, a team of scientists has found. The work reveals a connection between eye movements and the sense of touch. “The fact that tiny eye movements…Continue readingNew Connection Between The Eyes And Touch Discovered

Threat Memory From Close-up Fears May Last Longer

How your brain handles the fear of a close-up threat may make it more likely that you will have some long-term stress from the experience, according to new research from Duke University. “Clinically, people who develop PTSD are more likely to have experienced threats that invaded their personal space, assaults,…Continue readingThreat Memory From Close-up Fears May Last Longer

Does Teenage Anxiety Have Its Roots In Infancy?

The fact that teenagers worry isn’t necessarily a concern – it’s when the adolescent brain amplifies and distorts a simple worry that mental health problems can arise. As scientists aim to unlock why teenagers get anxious, and how infancy and upbringing are implicated, early intervention strategies are being refined to…Continue readingDoes Teenage Anxiety Have Its Roots In Infancy?