Psychology & Psychiatry

Anxiety traits are visible in the brain

Questionnaires or concentration tasks can be used to screen for anxiety, but so too can EEG recordings – at least indirectly. The frequent mind wandering of anxious people can also be seen on MRI scans. These are just some ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Anxious people respond worst to bushfire threat

Research from The University of Western Australia has found people who are anxious or easily stressed are less likely to be well prepared or respond well to bushfires.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Reading risk behavior in the brain

Anxious people take fewer risks—this is not surprising. However, a team of psychologists from the German Friedrich Schiller University Jena, together with partners from Würzburg in Germany and the Canadian University of ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Anxious people worry about risk, not loss

Life is a series of choices. Every time you make a decision, there is a possibility that things won't go as expected (risk) or that something bad will happen (loss). Aversion to risk and loss have powerful influences on how ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Being anxious could be good for you—in a crisis

New findings by French researchers show that the brain devotes more processing resources to social situations that signal threat than those that are benign.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Self-doubt hampers disaster preparation efforts

People who are indecisive rather than anxious are more likely to be under-prepared for disasters, such as bushfires, according to a recent study.

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