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Posted on 05-29-2013

HOW THE BRAIN REACTS TO STRESS. Just like a gambling addict, our brain reacts to stress by going all in on a bet that gives a small chance of winning the big pot.  The excitement about winning causes us to become and think stupid so we go all in with the bet when it does not make sense. here is another example.

  " In human test subjects, researchers compared a nerve model with the effects of an acute stress having a dramatic effect on brain activity and simultaneous changes in emotions and bodily measures of hormone and nerve  activity. Robust stress-related changes in nerve activity and connectivity within the brain areas were observed along with increased negative emotions and increases of cortisol in their saliva."    

original article available at -  http://stke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/sigtrans;4/201/ec334

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