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Where mind meets body: a master brain circuit for stress responses

When feeling stressed or nervous, you notice the pounding heart, pale face, and dry mouth – fundamental autonomic responses to psychological stress.  Stress responses are conserved in many mammalian species and thought to be beneficial for wild animals, such as when they encounter their enemies. ... click to read more

  • Naoya Kataoka | Assistant Professor at Department of Integrative Physiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan
  • Kazuhiro Nakamura | Professor at Department of Integrative Physiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan
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Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 21, 2020
The biological reality of psychosomatic disease

The idea that our brains influence our physical and mental health is both commonplace and somewhat taboo. We've heard that exercise can cheer us up, and stress can make us queasy, but the placebo effect "fools" us into getting well. Such mind-body connections, essential for... click to read more

  • Richard P. Dum | Professor at Systems Neuroscience Center, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Departments of Neurobiology University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
  • David J. Levinthal | Professor at University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, USA
  • Peter L. Strick | Professor at Systems Neuroscience Center, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Departments of Neurobiology University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 12, 2020