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People provided with a real-time readout of activity in specific regions of their brains can learn to control that activity and lessen their anxiety, say Yale researchers.
They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to display the activity of the orbitofrontal cortex (a brain region just above the eyes) to subjects while they lay in a brain scanner.
Through a process of trial and error, these subjects were gradually able to learn to control their brain activity. This led both to changes in brain connectivity and to increased control over anxiety. These changes were still present several days after the training.
Extreme anxiety associated with worries about dirt and germs is characteristic of many patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Hyperactivity in the orbitofrontal cortex is seen in many of these individuals.
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Are you a teen with a story to tell? NPR and Radio Diaries want to hear it. Write it down, photograph it (and record it if you want) and then submit it to the storytelling site Cowbird.com
Beginning in 1996, Radio Diaries gave tape recorders to five teenagers to create audio diaries about their lives. Starting on May 6, All Things Considered will revisit these original diarists, now in their 30s, to document their lives for NPR listeners.
And now the hunt is on for new teen diarists.
We are looking for personal, surprising stories from teenagers today. You can write about anything as long as it’s true – like, the first time you fell in love, your most favorite place in the world, the moment you knew you weren’t a kid anymore, something compelling about your family.
If you’re a teenager who wants a chance to produce a radio diary for NPR, please submit your story to Cowbird through May 31. Two will be picked to produce audio stories with Radio Diaries, and a selection of these stories will be featured on NPR.org next week.
If you’re a teen, please consider submitting your story!
Make your own Peeps! A new book by chef Thomas Keller includes a recipe for egg-shaped marshmallows reminiscent of the colorful childhood treat.
Marshmallows may seem mysterious and complex, but they’re really easy — nothing more than meringue set with gelatin. If you can make a meringue, you can make your own marshmallows. They’re playful and fun, and they can be made in different flavors.
Photo: Doriane Raiman for NPR
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