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 To Calm An Anxious Mind

By Traci Pedersen
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 25, 2010

Scientists have long wondered why people with anxiety often seem paralyzed when it comes to decision-making.   A new study reveals that people with anxiety have decreased neural inhibition in their brain, a process in which one nerve cell suppresses activity in another.

For the study, researchers wanted to test the theory that neural inhibition in the brain plays a big role in decision-making.  So they developed a computer model of the brain called a “neural network simulation.”

“We found that if we increased the amount of inhibition in this simulated brain, our system got much better at making hard choices,” said Hannah Snyder, a psychology graduate student who worked with the researchers on the study.

“If we decreased inhibition in the brain, then the simulation had much more trouble making choices.”

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/09/25/why-anxious-minds-cant-think-right/18743.html



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