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Emotional stress affects the body!




VIENNA:  Scientists here have discovered in their latest breakthrough that people with emotional distress often feel its brunt on the body.

The study senior investigator from the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, Laura Muzzarelli held: “This is the first hard proof that strong emotions produce a response in brain areas concerned with movement. The findings give us a possible explanation for some motor inhibition associated with emotional stress.”

In order to prove this, a panel of Italian and Canadian researchers went through a collection of socially anxious and controlled group of kids from early days to teenage years. 

To recognize the symptoms of societal embarrassment, they have looked over the records of some 150 children aged between eight to nine years old.

The researchers also tried out functional MRI brain scans to examine how the adolescent brains reacted to angry facial expressions.

It has been learnt that a few of them have been reported with premature warning signs of social anxiety and demonstrated a boosted propensity to pull out from social state of affairs. 

Furthermore, they had faced more complexity in identifying sentiments and predominantly annoyed expressions.

Muzzarelli further maintained: “We found that when presented with an angry face the brain of socially anxious adolescents showed increased activity in the amygdala, which is the brain area concerned with emotions, memory and how we respond to threats.

“Surprisingly, we also found this produced inhibition of some motor areas of the brain, the premotor cortex. This is an area which prepares the body for action, and for specific movements.”

Scientists have reported their findings at the ongoing European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) conference held here.

 socialamygdalaWhen presented with an angry face,  brain of socially anxious adolescents showed increased activity in the amygdala.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.