Anxiety Diminishes Decision-Making Capabilities

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AnxietyA new study focusing on the key role neural inhibition plays in the brain shows that decreasing the neural inhibition results in difficulties in decision making. Neural inhibition – the process wherein a nerve cell suppresses activity in other nerve cells – had been shown to decrease in people with anxiety, which explains the seeming paralysis shown when they need to make choices.

The study was conducted by a team of psychologists by developing a brain simulation computer model where the effects of increasing or decreasing neural inhibition on the ability to make decisions were measured. The predictions culled from the computer model were then validated on humans by using noun-verb tests.

Picture Credit : HAMED MASOUMI

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