(NaturalPath) According to a study published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, people with anxiety fundamentally perceive the world differently. New research shows that people diagnosed with anxiety experience a behavioral phenomenon known as over-generalization. For instance, they are less able to distinguish between neutral, “safe” stimulus like tone of voice and one that was earlier associated with the threat of money loss or gain. This is in correlation to emotional experiences.
“We show that in patients with anxiety, emotional experience induces plasticity in brain circuits that lasts after the experience is over,” says one researcher. “Such plastic changes occur in primary circuits that later mediate the response to new stimuli, resulting in an inability to discriminate between the originally experienced stimulus and a new similar stimulus. Therefore, anxiety patients respond emotionally to such new stimuli as well, resulting in anxiety even in apparently irrelevant new situations. Importantly, they cannot control this, as it is a perceptual inability to discriminate.”
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