Neuroscience

Size of personal space is affected by anxiety

The space surrounding the body (known by scientists as 'peripersonal space'), which has previously been thought of as having a gradual boundary, has been given physical limits by new research into the relationship between ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Study finds anxiety linked to chest pain in children

(Medical Xpress)—Psychological factors can have as much—or more—impact on pediatric chest pain as physical ones, a University of Georgia study found recently. UGA psychologists discovered pediatric patients diagnosed ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Pre-test jitters might boost scores, study says

(HealthDay)—For students with a good memory, feeling anxious before taking an exam might actually lead to a higher test score, researchers have found.

Genetics

Mystery gene reveals new mechanism for anxiety disorders

A novel mechanism for anxiety behaviors, including a previously unrecognized inhibitory brain signal, may inspire new strategies for treating psychiatric disorders, University of Chicago researchers report.

Psychology & Psychiatry

College is even more stressful for girls: Study

(HealthDay)—Even before COVID-19, college could be a challenging experience, but a new study suggests those stresses are much higher for female students.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Four health benefits of hugs—and why they feel so good

For many people, the thing they've missed most during the pandemic is being able to hug loved ones. Indeed, it wasn't until we lost our ability to hug friends and family did many realise just how important touch is for many ...

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