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Why News Of WAR Hijacks Your Brain!

if you’re like me you woke up on Jan 1st 2020 like hashtag new year new me babe made yourself a smoothie started to meditate and then BAM we’re at World War 3 memes started we kept refreshing Twitter we watched the news obsessively and honestly I felt weirdly fascinated by the concept of war a variety of psychological studies have found that soldiers who returned from war actually end up missing it we all clamor to the cinema to watch movies about war and it turns out there is a reason why it has to do with our shared history and your body archeologists believe that we were less violent as hunter-gatherers because we were more nomadic and we had less possessions essentially we just had less to fight over now I stay put in my home I have things like my phone which I’m literally in love with and if anyone does touch her though she’ll feel bad laughs as humans when we started to stay put create agriculture build walls and borders and our populations grew that’s when the concept of a large-scale war actually began and our physiological response to it created an innate fascination your body is controlled by the brain and nervous system which is acted on by hormones hormones are chemical messengers released from glands in your body that influence the nervous system to regulate your behavior and physiology if you are experiencing armed conflict firsthand playing call of duty or even just reading about an impending war your brain will initiate a stress response the hypothalamus will release corticotropin-releasing hormone which acts on the pituitary gland of the brain to release adrenaline tropic hormone into your bloodstream at this point the ACTH is pumping through your body where it ends up passing through these little adorable adrenal glands that chill on the top of your kidneys these glands use the ACTH signal to now release adrenaline and noradrenaline into your blood which act on receptors throughout your body your heart rate increases your breath quickens blood vessels constrict and you experience a feeling that is unsettling and thrilling known as the fight-or-flight response designed over years of human evolution to protect you from danger your physical strength is temporarily increased your body has a decreased ability to feel pain and other hormones like cortisol and dopamine are released which make your attention hyper focused the stress response is a natural high a natural biological process where you become focused hyper present and amped to fight the neuroscientist Jim Foss explains that by activating your arousal and attention systems stressors can also wake up the neural circuitry underlying wanting and craving just like drugs do the stress created by playing Call of Duty or watching a war movie is a really clever way to target this system and the Hollywood Machine does a good job at creating a lot of war movies that feed into this biological urge you get to leave the theater and go home and return to home yo stasis because you’re safe and sound which is one theory why civilians make it a rush from these movies because for the most part we’ll never have to face war as for the soldiers who have returned from war and claim that they miss it the studies show that they have become accustomed to these higher levels of stress and therefore they feel that it’s necessary to feel that stress all the time their brains will be wanting to seek out these feel-good hormones and this leads them to think that they miss the stress of war although acute stress may lead to a natural high chronic stress has extremely negative effects on your body especially due to the hormone cortisol which over time decreases your immune function causes impaired digestion increased nervousness susceptibility to infection fear and desensitization if stressors are too strong and too persistent and individuals who are biologically vulnerable it can lead to disease living life is to be an impressionist dance with stress a biological response that the concept of war hijacks if people don’t understand that the body can actually crave acute stress then we may end up treating war like a thrilling game and if that’s the case with our world leaders then we may all be in danger which is ironic because we evolved the fight-or-flight response to keep us safe from immediate danger but if we don’t understand it properly it may be the exact biological response that leads to another sad devastating war during these precarious times it does feel scary so you can share this video with people so they can understand more about what’s happening and their thanks for watching and we will see you next week for a new science video
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