Category: Emotion

  • Scientists reveal regions of the brain where serotonin promotes patience

    Now, in a study on mice conducted by the Neural Computation Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), the authors pinpoint specific areas of the brain that individually promote patience through the action of serotonin. “Serotonin is one of the most famous neuromodulators of behavior, helping to regulate mood, sleep-wake […]

  • Are Emotions Natural Kinds?

    Laypeople and scientists alike believe that they know anger, or sadness, or fear when they see it. These emotions and a few others are presumed to have specific causal mechanisms in the brain and properties that are observable (on the face, in the voice, in the body, or in experience)—that is, they are assumed to […]

  • Emotion Generation and Emotion Regulation: One or Two Depends on Your Point of View

    Emotion regulation has the odd distinction of being a wildly popular construct whose scientific existence is in considerable doubt. In this article, the authors discuss the confusion about whether emotion generation and emotion regulation can and should be distinguished from one another. Authors describe a continuum of perspectives on emotion, and highlight how different (often […]

  • Researchers Discover Neural Circuit for Detecting Male Pheromone Cues Relevant to Inter-male Aggression

    In a study published in Neuron, the researchers from Dr. XU Xiaohong’s Lab at the Institute of Neuroscience, Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, described a novel neural circuit for detecting male pheromone cues pertaining to inter-male aggression. Innate social behaviors are crucial for the propagation […]

  • As Pandemic Progressed, People’s Perceived Risks Went Up

    In the first week of the coronavirus pandemic, people living in the United States underestimated their chances of catching the virus, or of getting seriously ill from the virus, according to a recently published Caltech-led study. But as the days progressed, those same people became more worried about their personal risk, and, as a result, […]

  • How Fear Persists in the Mouse Brain

    Most people have experienced, at some point in their lives, a sudden unexpected fright. Even after a shadowy figure in a darkened room turns out to just be a chair, your heart rate is still high, your palms stay sweaty, and your senses remain alert for another threat. This sort of lasting response is an […]

  • Emotion Vocabulary Reflects State of Well-Being

    Vocabulary that one uses to describe their emotions is an indicator of mental and physical health and overall well-being, according to an analysis led by a scientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and published today in Nature Communications A larger negative emotion vocabulary—or different ways to describe similar feelings—correlates with more psychological […]