Versus Brain Blast | Dec. 2019
Breathe In: The Impact of Respiration on the Brain
Head Games: The Mental Side of Physical Performance
Same Difference: The Brain’s Ability to Compensate
Chill Out: The Brain’s Emotional Response to Music
Have you ever gotten the chills from listening to music? If so, your brain may be different than those who haven’t. A Harvard University researcher found that individuals who get chills from music have more fibers connecting their auditory cortices and the emotional processing portions of their brains. As a result, these people have an increased ability to feel profound emotions, especially in relation to auditory stimuli.
Fear Factor: The Effect of Dreams on Reality
Bad dreams may help us better manage our fear while awake. A multi-university research team monitored the EEG of subjects while they slept. When participants awoke from frightening dreams, they had increased activity in the area of their brains associated with controlling the fear reaction. However, this association was broken when participants experienced intense nightmares.
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