Monday, October 28, 2013

What Happens To Your Brain When You're Scared Out of Your Mind

As explained by Bytesize Science—with the help of Abigail Marsh, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University—there are actually a few different chemicals at play when your brain is gearing into "OH CRAP" mode. Of course there's trusty adrenaline, but cortisol and glucose play a big roll too, priming both your brain and your body to get the hell out of dodge in case that creak at the door is actually an axe murderer. Of course, knowing how all this works doesn't let you stop it, and these ancient chemical wheels will still get set in motion the next time someone sneaks up behind you and yells in your ear. But at least it'll give you something to think about while you try to calm yourself down.


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