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What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Crafty Artist Who Wants to Understand Human Vulnerability

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Anxiety? There’s an App for That

“Gamifying” stress therapy might make treatment a lot more fun.

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Joining a Gang Makes People Sick

Seattle’s version of the 7 Up series reveals the long-term damage to adults who were in gangs as kids.

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A Rose Would Not Smell as Sweet If You Were Agitated

The circuitry that controls emotions and smell is all tangled up in the brain.

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‘Unprecedented Levels’ of Mental Illness Among Gang Members

Young men in gangs are disproportionately prone to anxiety disorders, psychosis.

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There’s Nothing Cathartic About Expressing Anger

A new study of thousands out of Harvard Medical School can’t prove that angry outbursts lead to heart attacks, but it does link the two.

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The Power of the Creative Arts

A recent analysis of past studies highlights the health benefits of music, dance, and art therapy, which are now being used to ease cancer-related anxiety and pain.

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Anxiety, Depression High Among Young Heavy Metal Fans

New research suggests fans of Rage Against the Machine aren’t so much full of rage as full of anxiety.

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Placebo Effect Produces Higher Test Scores

A new study finds it’s possible to trick people into doing better on a general-knowledge exam.

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What Makes You Neurotic?

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