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Are you an emotional eater?

Emotional eating can have several repurcussions in the long run (Thinkstock) Reaching out for that bar of chocolate or juicy burgerwhen you’re feeling low, upset or tired is a situation that most of us are familiar with. Food has the uncanny ability to make you feel better but to depend on it to cheer you up every time will do you more harm than good in the long run, say studies. Emotional eating stems from different things and needs to be checked before it takes over your life. Ask yourself…

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Emotional ‘hangover’ may affect future experiences

Experiencing emotional events — whether happy or painful — may cause ‘hangovers’ that can persist for a long period of time, researchers have found. These ‘hangovers’ could continue after the events have ended and even affect future experiences, the study found. “Emotion is a state of mind. These findings make clear that our cognition is highly influenced by preceding experiences and, specifically, that emotional brain states can persist for long periods of time,” said Lila Davachi, Associate Professor at New York University (NYU). The study also shows that emotional hangover,…

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Why emotional stress can impact body movement

Why emotional stress can impact body movement (Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images) Have you ever wondered why we sometimes ‘freeze’ when we are frightened or under strong emotional stress? This may be because the response to anxiety may include not only the parts of the brain which deal with emotions, as has been long understood, but also movement control centres in the brain. “This (study) is the first hard proof that strong emotions produce a response in brain areas concerned with movement,” said lead researcher Laura Muzzarelli from Vita-Salute San Raffaele University…

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