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When Oxytocin Promotes Avoidance Of Unfamiliar Social Situations

Sometimes, blocking the action of oxytocin in the brain just may be a better option to relieve stress and enhance your social life, a new study from the University of California, Davis, suggests. Erroneously referred to the “love hormone” in the popular media, oxytocin is a hormone released in the brain that plays a major […]

Social Anxiety Linked To Serotonin Transporter Gene Variant

Evidence for a gene variant that is believed to be linked to social anxiety has been found by researchers at the University of Bonn. The gene encodes a serotonin transporter in the brain. Interestingly, this messenger suppresses feelings of anxiety and depression. The scientists want to investigate this cause more precisely and are thus looking […]

What Is Exposure Therapy?

Most of us experience a level of social anxiety at some point in our lives. We worry about what people think of us, about being excluded, about being judged or humiliated. Social anxiety is characterised by an excessive fear of negative evaluation or judgement, triggered by social or performance situations. For social anxiety to be […]

Response To Anxiety Linked To Brain’s Movement Control Areas

The response to anxiety in teenagers may include not only the parts of the brain which deal with emotions (the limbic system), as has been long understood, but also movement control centers in the brain, which may be associated with movement inhibition when stressed (“freezing”), researchers have discovered. The small longitudinal study was presented at […]