How The Brain Reacts When We Have Too Much To Do (RT @SaraCera)

#Health

Thu, Nov 11th, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Brandon Ortwein's It Would Have Been Cooler as a Van

Nuno Sousa and his colleagues at the University of Minho in Portugal found that rats that were chronically stressed engaged in rote responses, such as compulsively pressing a bar for food they had no intention of eating. The researchers discovered that the regions of the brain associated with conscious decision-making and goal-directed behaviours had shrivelled, while brain sectors associated with habit-formation thrived.

In other words, the study indicated that chronic stress puts the brain into a sort of auto-pilot mode, detaching the conscious and letting habitual and repetitive behaviours take care of everything as a coping mechanism.

  1134

 

You may also be interested in:

Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape in Space
Chemicals Found in Shampoo and Other Consumer Products Have Never Been Thoroughly Tested and Proved to be Safe
Crowd Funded Abortion Clinic
Digital Stress Management Bracelet with Haptic Feedback
Enough is Enough: Nuke the Oil Spill