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This is your body and brain on coronavirus news

HuffPost, May 5, 2020 (Video)

May 5, 2020

This is your body and brain on coronavirus news

Past evidence demonstrates that “when the brain is shown images of something potentially traumatic, the centers of the brain that are responsible for fear response light up [and] the centers of brain that are related to the development of PTSD light up,” said Alison Holman, a psychologist and associate professor of nursing at the University of California Irvine. … Holman, who is researching how coronavirus news is impacting people’s health, said what’s particularly concerning is how incessant and multifaceted the news is. … When you combine that constant exposure and a 24/7 output of new information that’s not at all positive, it can really wear on people, Holman added.